Clitheroe town centre wrecking spree after ‘let down’ by police

Clitheroe Police Station

Clitheroe Police Station

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A 26-year-old Grindleton man who felt he had been let down by the police went on a £2,000 wrecking spree in Clitheroe town centre.

Blackburn magistrates were told that Matthew Wilkinson-Maynard smashed windows at the Police Station, at Clitheroe interchange, Maxwells and The Old Post House.

It seems he has taken his anger out on other people’s property

Prosecutor

When he was arrested he told officers he had done it because they had refused to help.

Wilkinson-Maynard, of Pinewood, Grindleton, pleaded guilty to four charges of criminal damage.

He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months with a 10 day rehabilitation action requirement, ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £2,102 compensation, £150 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Wilkinson-Maynard had phoned the police and reported that he had been assaulted but he was told no officers were available. He became abusive to the call handler before hanging up.

“Shortly after that a witness heard him bragging that he had broken a window at the interchange,” said Mis Allan.

“As the witness was calling the police he saw him smash windows at Maxwells and the Police Station. It seems he has taken his anger out on other people’s property.”

Leanne Hurst (defending) said her client had been assaulted and believed the police had not reacted in an appropriate manner.

“He knows he shouldn’t have behaved in the way that he did but under the influence of alcohol his judgement was impaired,” she added.