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Drunk smashed shop window during night out which ‘got out of hand’

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

After drinking a litre of vodka and several bottles of beer, a Buxton man had no recollection of smashing a shop window or using threatening behaviour, a court heard.

Liam Simpson, 19, had been out in the town with a group of friends and had been seen by police in the underground car park at the Pavilion Gardens on the evening of April 15, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said CCTV operators alerted police to an incident later that same evening in Spring Gardens. When police arrived, three males ran off, including the defendant who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Simpson was aggressive, resisting officers, repeatedly kicking out and making abusive comments towards them, the court was told.

CCTV footage showed another male kicking a window at the White Stuff store, before Simpson kicked and smashed it and then ran off.

Mr Cooper said Simpson was also shown being aggressive towards a female and square up to her as if he was going to head-butt her.

Simpson admitted causing criminal damage and using threatening behaviour.

Karina Lyon, defending, said: “He had been out drinking heavily and acted in a very stupid manner. His recollection is somewhat limited and having seen the CCTV he accepts the behaviour as alleged.

“He made admissions when interviewed and accepted his behaviour was completely inappropriate. He went out with friends and it got out of hand.”

Simpson, of Highlands Close, was given a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and 80 hours’ unpaid work. He must also pay £750 compensation. Presiding magistrate Robert Watmough told him: “Your behaviour on that night was disgraceful.”