Tourist spot ‘trashed’ during break-in

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A raider must pay £1,000 compensation after a café was wrecked during a camping trip to the Hope Valley.

Daniel Harrison, 22, was the only person caught after the break-in to the premises at the mouth of Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton, on August 10, 2012.

His fingerprints were found on a beer can left on the roof of the premises, Derby Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Items were stolen from the café and office. Some were left outside and equipment was damaged.

The total bill exceeded £3,000 with the café sign being burnt.

A three-month curfew and 150 hours’ unpaid work were ordered from Harrison, of Hall Street, Offerton. He admitted burglary.

Judge John Burgess told him: “This was some jaunt when a group of lads went to the Peak District and it went disastrously wrong.

“How would you like it if your family business was trashed like this? This was a boys’ camping trip which went wrong.”

The judge pointed out that Harrison had failed to name the other offenders and suggested he could ask them to help pay the compensation.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the burglar alarm was set off during the night.

A roof panel had been forced open and the front door was unlocked.

“The door to the shop had been forced open.

“The door to the office was smashed in and the office ransacked.

“The most expensive item was for £2,000. That was the shop sign, which had been smashed, put into a litter bin and set fire to,” added Miss Leonard.

Rebecca Tanner, mitigating, said Harrison had been told he could be sent to jail and she told the court: “Plainly this is a serious matter.”

She said Harrison worked six or seven days weekly, earning £250, and could pay some compensation.

He was ordered to clear this at £80 a month.