Cockroach bomb by chef at restaurant over pay dispute leaves staff depressed

A "cockroach bomb" deployed by a fuming chef at his former place of work over a pay dispute has left members of staff "depressed".

Tony Williams, 25, had been in a row with owners of the Royal William IV pub in Lincoln, threatening the place with a "cockroach bomb".

Said threat was acted upon just two days later, with a court hearing of the "number of cockroaches" that were released inside the historic pub following the fuming back and forth.

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Prosecutor David Eager told the court Williams had entered the kitchen and unleashed his insect-riddled bomb, leaving members of staff "depressed" at the situation.

Prosecutor Eager said: "He entered the premises and released a number of cockroaches. They are a non-native species of cockroach used to feed snakes and tarantulas."

Staff at the pub were immediately in contact with Environmental Health and pest control services, with the pub subsequently closed following the chef's insect-riddled bombing run.

In a victim impact statement from the pub owner read out by Eager, the Royal William IV pub incident was said to have affected "staff and families".

The statement read: "The effect it has had on staff and families is large. It isn’t just the finances of the company, it was how the rest of the Royal William team, particularly the kitchen team, are upset with what happened.

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"They were depressed that someone who they worked alongside would be so callous towards them."

The statement further alleged members of staff with children were particularly affected as they had to stay late at the establishment to clean it and rid the pub of roaches.

Williams, who was due to stand trial in November 21, did not show up, and subsequently submitted a guilty plea on November 28, was said to have made a "poor decision" by not showing up, Metro reported.

Williams, who has four previous offences, was told he was "very immature despite your age" and was given a 17-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, by Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight.

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