‘Dark thoughts’ led to damage

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A MAN who walked into Clitheroe police station and demanded to be taken to hospital was told the police did not operate a taxi service.

Blackburn magistrates heard that 39-year-old James Stuart Regan then called an ambulance, claiming he had attempted to commit suicide. But he became abusive when staff asked for his details and eventually ripped a wing mirror off the emergency vehicle.

Regan, of Waterloo Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £300 in compensation and £85 towards costs.

Prosecutor Pat Bramley said after tearing the wing mirror off the ambulance Regan had thrown it across the road, causing damage to a parked car. When interviewed by the police he said that when he was in the ambulance he began having “dark thoughts”.