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car park barrier damage lands man 600 court bill

12 Apr 2012

A man who was found guilty of vandalising a car park barrier, has been ordered to pay compensation of more than £600. Patrick John McCann appeared before town magistrates to be sentenced for one charge of criminal damage, and another of failing to appear when summoned. Gerald Neave, the prosecutor, told the court McCann was seen on CCTV at 2.35am on September 30, walking alongside the APCOA multi-storey car park on St Catherine’s Walk. “He walked directly at the traffic barriers and as he approached it, he used both his arms to push it horizontally in what was described as an aggressive manner,” said Mr Neave. “This caused it to bend and buckle.” The damage was then discovered early in the morning by a car park attendant as the started work.” The police were then called and McCann was identified through CCTV footage. McCann was ordered to pay compensation of £607.33, which will be deducted from benefits at £5 per week.

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