Man caused damage to police cell

A MAN went on a police cell rampage and made a noose from a blanket he managed to shred.

David Lloyd Bradley also left a rip in a mattress, and damaged the cell door.

The 19-year-old had been taken to Hartlepool Police Station after being arrested on a warrant for another matter on July 4.

Prosecuting, Paula Sanderson told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The defendant was detained in Hartlepool Police Station’s cells about 8pm and was seen on CCTV causing damage to the mattress in his cell, leaving it with a large rip and £80 of damage.

“He was then seen causing damage to a police blanket. He ripped it and tried to place the ripped part around his neck and then caused damage to an external eye hole.”

She added: “In interview he said he got angry and irate because he thought he wasn’t going to get any medication. He said he made a noose out of the blanket and admitted putting it around his neck but wasn’t going to injure himself. When the blanket was taken away he pushed the door eye hole away, causing it to snap off.”

Bradley, of West View Road, Hartlepool, appeared before justices in custody and pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage on July 4 and July 5.

He also admitted obstructing a police officer by giving a fake name, and possession of a bladed article namely a craft knife, on June 24. These offences happened when he was stopped by police investigating a theft matter in the town’s John Howe Gardens – which the court heard he had nothing to do with.

Guilty pleas were also entered to failing to surrender to the court on July 4 and 22.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “It’s almost unbelievable that he’s managed to get himself in the position that he’s in today.

“Police went to this theft incident, which was not my client, and they stopped him nearby. They asked for his name and he gave them the wrong name because he believed there was a warrant out for his arrest and he didn’t want to be arrested.

“They found the craft knife in his pocket when they searched him, it was never brandished or anything of the sort.”

He added: “As for the criminal damage, nobody in the public was aware of it because it took place in the cell. He did it because officers weren’t assisting him in terms of medication and he was concerned and he wanted attention.”

Chairman of the bench Peter Charlton sentenced Bradley to a four-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, 100 hours unpaid work, a community order with a supervision requirement for 18 months and ordered to pay £80 compensation.