Accused of damaging police cell

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A MAN is due to stand trial charged with damaging a police cell.

Hartlepool man Daniel Miller is alleged to have fouled the floor of the custody cell at Middlesbrough police station leaving it needing specialist cleaning which cost £148.80,

The 21-year-old was charged with criminal damage to the police cell on August 1, which he pleaded not guilty to when he appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

He is due to stand trial for the alleged offence on October 12.

Miller, of Elderslie Walk, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, is also accused of harassment without violence against a woman, between July 29 and August 1.

He is also charged with causing fear of unlawful violence and obstructing or resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty, both on July 31.

Miller denied the three offences for which he is due to stand a second trial on October 20.

He also admitted two driving offences – driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without third-party insurance both on March 23.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson told justices: “Officers saw this defendant driving a Vauxhall Corsa along the A689 and it was towing a red Vauxhall Vectra motor vehicle at the time.

“The defendant was spoken to and police checks showed he had no insurance and Miller was not a licence holder. The offences were not disputed by Mr Miller.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Nigel Guerin banned him from driving for six months, fined him £130, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Miller was released on bail until his trials in October.