A west Suffolk man has avoided jail but been ordered to pay out almost £2,500 after pleading guilty to a spate of crimes that were carried out within one day last summer. 

Michael Allison, of Caudle Avenue in Lakenheath, was accused of causing criminal damage to a vehicle and criminal damage to a front window and door handle both belonging to Barry Smart in Brandon on August 20 last year. 

He also stood accused of the assault by beating of Mr Smart and the use of violence to secure entry to a home on Roebuck Drive in Lakenheath on the same day. 

Allison plead guilty to all four charges on January 8 this year and was handed a suspended jail sentence of 16 weeks, with a 12 month supervision period, at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich on March 7. 

He was ordered to pay costs of £946 for the criminal damage of the car, £304 for the criminal damage of the window and door, and £1,200 for the use of violence to secure entry to the home. 

These costs come to a total of £2,450. 

A restraining order prohibiting Allison from contacting Mr Smart or Trish Bowes, except to bank transfer her a debt, was put in place until March 6, 2025. 

Allison was also banned from visiting Roebuck Drive for any reason until the same date. 

A custodial sentence was suspended because the court found there was a "realistic prospect of rehabilitation" and that previous good character and remorse had been shown, according to a court listing.