Stranded man smashed up pal’s car

A MAN smashed a friend’s car windows after he was left stranded at a horse trading fair almost 70 miles from home.

Hartlepool man David Redshaw travelled to Appleby Horse Fair, in Appleby, Cumbria, with his friend but was left on his own when his mate left without him, a court heard.

The 41-year-old, who has 182 convictions, set off walking back to Hartlepool and when he arrived back in the town he went to his friend’s house in the town’s Ruskin Grove and smashed three of his car’s windows.

Prosecuting, Lynne Roberts-Plowman told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “Police received a 999 call from the injured party in Ruskin Grove reporting that the defendant was outside his property smashing the windows of his motor vehicle.

“Three windows had been damaged before the defendant made off on to Browning Avenue.

“He was found at his mother’s address with cuts to his right hand.”

She added: “He admitted he’d attacked the vehicle and said he’d attended the property and had a falling out with the injured party because he’d been left stranded at Appleby Horse Fair.

“He fully admitted he had acted unlawfully.”

Redshaw, of Stirling Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the criminal damage offence on June 10.

Mitigating, Barry Gray told justices: “This was merely a falling out of friends. However, they remain friends and the injured party is at court today in support of Mr Redshaw.

“I can confirm that they have buried the hatchet and this problem has been overcome by common sense and good fellowship.”

He added: “My client accepts that his behaviour was entirely inappropriate, but understands it must be dealt with through the courts.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Peter Heron fined Redshaw £100 and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.