Lout damaged cars to get out of the cold

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A ‘LOUT’ damaged a number of cars after a night out – because he wanted to get arrested to get out of the cold.

Daniel Futers was spotted vandalising vehicles in Nora Street, South Shields, by a resident at 6.30am on Sunday, November 24.

The 23-year-old, who was not legally represented, pleaded guilty to causing £1,000 damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Zeena Begum, prosecuting, said: “The witness was asleep at home when he is awoken by loud banging from the street.

“He looked out of the bedroom window, and saw the defendant damaging a number of vehicles, using bodily force, and called the police.”

Futers was arrested later on the same day by police. Ms Begum added: “During the interview with police, he said he had been out drinking with friends.

“When he got to Nora Street, he decided to start damaging cars in the hope of getting arrested by police and spending a night in the cells, as it was cold.”

District Judge Helen Cousins, before delivering her verdict, asked Futers: “You are not giving me much to go on here.

“It seems like some lout walking around the street damaging the property of innocent people.

“What more is there to it?”

Futers, of Charles Street, Boldon Colliery, replied: “That is it.”

District Judge Cousins ordered Futers to undertake 40 hours’ unpaid work, and pay £200 compensation.




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