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Drinker went on wrecking spree in Solihull

A DRINKER who found himself lost in a Solihull village in the early hours of the morning went on a car wrecking spree.

A DRINKER who found himself lost in a Solihull village in the early hours of the morning went on a car wrecking spree.

Dean James used ornamental garden rockery to damage eight cars parked in Knowle on August 6.

Most of the vehicles – including a VW convertible and a Land Rover – had windscreens shattered whilst others had broken side windows and dented roof panels.

Residents reported seeing a man carrying a large rock and throwing it randomly at vehicles parked in Holland and Wychwood Avenues.

Officers were soon on the scene and arrested James, from Machine Street in Cheylesmore, Coventry, who was said to be in a bemused state.

The 22-year-old told Solihull Magistrates Court that he’d been drinking in the town centre that night but could not explain how he ended up in Knowle at around 6am. He was also at a loss to justify his rampage.

James admitted nine charges of criminal damage, including one of shattering plant pots outside a house.

And yesterday (Oct 28) Solihull magistrates sentenced him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work plus pay £1,040 in compensation to his victims. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and attend 30 day-long probation sessions.

 

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