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Unemployed roofer Jamie Field lost his temper with Redruth Jobcentre staff

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: February 14, 2014


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AN UNEMPLOYED Camborne roofer lost his temper with Jobcentre staff and threatened them on two occasions.

On January 13, Jamie Field, 21, of Pendarves Street, had walked from Troon to Redruth Jobcentre because he had no money but arrived two minutes late for his appointment and was told that no one was available to see him.

At Truro Magistrates’ Court on February 6, Anita Kennett, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said he then became abusive towards staff member John Masurier and started shouting and swearing and the police were called.

A week later, Field went to a second appointment and was told that because of the delay, his claim had been cancelled and that he would have to reapply.

Ms Kennett said: “The meeting lasted seconds before it had to be terminated by Jobcentre staff.”

Ms Kennett said that after Field was asked to leave, he threatened security guard Kevin Stroud stating he would smash a glass and kill him.

Field admitted two charges of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress on January 13 and 20.

Rob Ecclestone, his solicitor, said Field was a roofer by trade but that things had started to go wrong for him in July last year when he split up with his girlfriend and had moved back to Cornwall but did not have a job.

“He had been without money for a few weeks,” said Mr Ecclestone.

“He says he does not like claiming benefits and is not used to the system.”

Field was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £40 towards the prosecution’s costs and £25 each in compensation to Mr Masurier and Mr Stroud.

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  • nat012  |  February 25 2014, 2:00AM

    Mr field is my brother and in all fairness what he done was completely out of order, but none of you no what he has been through in his life, hes had a cruel nasty life and no that doesn't excuse his behavior but when you have physically lost everything have no where to live and no money i think your'e entitled to be abit upset and angry, especially when he had walked miles to get to his appointment only to be told he was '2 minutes to late', before any of you actually open your mouths and judge take on board a comment that was previously posted try walking a mile in someones shoes before you go ahead and make assumptions.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  February 17 2014, 4:05PM

    You cannot excuse the behaviour of this guy who acted in a way that he probably scared staff and clients of the jobcentre. However, what of course we dont know from this story is why he was late. Not this guy but imagine being late because you had to care for a relative or child, or if you were 40 and had PAID IN your National Insurance constributions so you had an entitlement. An entitlement not to be treated like scum by the prople in the jobcentre that YOUR taxes would have kept in employment. That is why we dont spend anything as a family. Cameron, Clegg and their henchmen (and I have to say Bliar and Brown before them) created such as climate of fear with steps of welfare reforms that I do not want to ever be belittled by some jumped up little Hitler. This kind of gfear of course drives down spending and economic growth. Silly, silly politicians.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 17 2014, 1:07PM

    Are all the jobcentre staff too busy on this site with their red pens to see anybody? just joking.....!!

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  • Newquaygreen  |  February 17 2014, 11:34AM

    He has no excuse for being late but I agree that the attiude of staff can be demeaning from my own experience

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  • Nibbs  |  February 15 2014, 1:07PM

    I am sorry but what a pair of bonkers you are. This man walked to the job centre as he had no money and no car. The Job Centre staff have cars, jobs, money and because this man was 2 mins late would not see him. They have within their rules allowed to wait 5 mins before they see another person so don't tell me that they couldn't do it. What happened to the caring people that they supposed to me My wife had to sign on for 8 weeks after 30 years of work and she has never felt so belittled by this 20 year girl in her life. So I can understand how this man felt. I suppose you pair have cars, jobs, money and live in posh houses. Its about time that the likes of you and the job centre staff woke up to the real world. You should applaud the likes of him who wants to work and is prepared to walk to the job centre and not condemn him

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  • MoofiesMom  |  February 14 2014, 8:58PM

    I agree wholeheartedly with TWINSCREW. Before you criticise and abuse (others), walk a mile in their shoes!

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  • theGMan2014  |  February 14 2014, 3:43PM

    what reason has he got to be late, even 2 minutes? I'm sure the JC staff didn't just try to make his life difficult, they've probably got targets and in order to meet them were probably carrying out the next interview, and probably had interviews booked throughout the day at these time-slots Can't feel sorry for him myself...whats wrong with being 15mins /30mins/an hour early for any appointment? Window shop for a bit before you go in...

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  • TWINSCREW  |  February 14 2014, 1:06PM

    I feel sorry for Mr Field, here is a young bloke who wants to work and has come up against the seemingly intractable rules of the Job Centre, are the staff really so busy they could not just put back his appointment till a bit later, remember he walked to this interview, could they not understand why he got upset and treated him with a bit of understanding, then his anger was compounded a week later when he was told he would have to re apply, now with a jail sentence hanging over him he has to find £90,00, how can he pay this? IMHO there is something wrong with this system.

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