Angry OAP vandalised police staff cars in parking row

Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A PENSIONER disgruntled at parking problems on his estate was caught on camera damaging two cars belonging to police staff.

Allen Brown, 67, was hauled before magistrates after he was captured on CCTV footage from a camera in one of the civilian workers’ cars using a sharp object to scratch the two motors.

Brown, a retired Peterlee Magistrates’ Court security worker, landed before justices at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court for his actions.

The Mail reported in July that residents in the plush O’Neill Drive, Quinn Close and Hilton Drive areas of Peterlee had accused drivers – including extra police staff deployed to work in Peterlee station – of turning their streets into a “car park”.

Brown, of Quinn Close, Peterlee, admitted two counts of criminal damage, committed on July 8, just days after the Mail attended a public meeting in which Peterlee Police sergeant Jim Peel said if cars are parked legally and not causing an obstruction the matter was out of police’s hands.

The court heard that two members of police staff parked on O’Neill Drive around 7am on July 8 and went to Peterlee Police office.

When they later returned, they found their cars, a silver Skoda Super Elegance and a silver Seat Ibiza, had been damaged.

Magistrates were told that someone had dragged something along the cars, causing deep scratches to the paintwork.

But one of the police workers had a CCTV camera inside their car and Brown was later identified from footage.

He was caught in the act crossing the road behind both cars and extending his arms near both cars with an unknown implement in his hand.

Hartlepool justices ordered Brown to pay £150 compensation to both victims as well as £100 costs.

Sergeant Peel told the Mail that there had only been one complaint regarding parking on the estate in the past few months and that did not involve a police worker’s car.