Pair who threw stones at van were ‘bored’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

A ‘DRUNK’ duo who at­tacked a van with stones be­fore try­ing to drive it into a bush did it be­cause they were ‘bored’, a court heard.

Robert James Houghton, 20, and Callum Wright, 21, dam­aged the Mercedes Sprinter be­fore try­ing to steer it down a slope at Bolling­ton Leisure Cen­tre.

Af­ter only man­ag­ing to move the ve­hi­cle 25ft they gave up, a court heard.

Houghton, of Lin­don Court, Abbey Road, Mac­cles­field, and Wright, of Wind­sor Close, Bolling- ton, ad­mit­ted tak­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out con­sent at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on Novem­ber 3.

Sen­tenc­ing Wright to a com­mu­nity or­der and 40 hours un­paid work and fin­ing Houghton £190, chair of the bench Christo­pher An­der­ton said: “Th­ese of­fences are silly, point­less and ridicu­lous and cause great up­set to the com­mu­nity.

“It was a stupid thing to do.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Deb­bie Byrne said the in­ci­dent took place on Oc­to­ber 9.

She said: “Mr Rowe is the owner of a Mercedes Sprinter van and parked it at Bolling­ton Leisure Cen­tre at about 4pm.

“At 8.30pm wit­ness Kelsie Wat­son, who knows both de­fen­dants, saw them and they ap­peared drunk. She saw them ar­gue with a girl and were shout­ing.

“Soon af­ter­wards she saw them pound­ing the doors of the Mercedes van parked in the leisure cen­tre, which she knew to be­long to her cousins’ boyfriend.

“She called the po­lice. She then saw them get into the ve­hi­cle.”

Mrs Byrne said when po­lice ar­rived they found the van had a bro­ken win­dow and the glove box was open.

She added:

“Callum Wright was seen nearby on Oven­house Lane. The van had been moved 25ft.

“When he was ar­rested Wright told po­lice he was ex­tremely drunk and couldn’t re­mem­ber get­ting into the ve­hi­cle but did re­mem­ber be­ing sat be­hind the steer­ing wheel of the van at some point.

“He told of­fi­cers he gets into trou­ble when he has a drink. Dur­ing his in­ter­view Robert Houghton told of­fi­cers they were bored.

“He said they threw stones at the van and tried to roll the van down a slope in the car park into a bush.”

John Black, de­fend­ing, said: “This is an un­usual

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“If it hadn’t moved it would have been crim­i­nal dam­age. It is very strange be­hav­iour.”

●● Robert James Houghton

●● Callum Wright

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