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Uttoxeter Town Hall staff counting the cost after homeless man smashed window

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

By Jenny Moody

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TOWN hall workers had a nasty surprise when they arrived for a day at the office after a homeless man threw a brick through the window.

Tina Jeffery, clerk of Uttoxeter Town Council, said they arrived to the damage to the bottom windows of the main doors, which houses the public notices, on Wednesday morning after James Glover, of no fixed address, became frustrated at being homeless and decided to smash the glass.

She said: "Police informed us they had got the person responsible and the damage was repaired immediately once the police had finished with their investigation.

"We are still awaiting an invoice regarding the cost of the damage to come in but it will be in the region of around £125."

Glover is now behind bars following the vandalism after he appeared before Burton Magistrates' Court to admit criminal damage of the window of the High Street building.

He also admitted a further charge of smashing a cash machine at the Co-op, based in The Maltings.

The 60-year-old was initially fined by magistrates but when asked how he could pay it, he was jailed after telling them he had no way of paying the courts what he owed.

The court heard that Glover had been passing by when he simply decided to pick up a brick.

He then used it to smash the cash machine and town hall window.

The defendant then went down to the police station and told an officer what he had done.

Sarah Smith, prosecuting, told the Horninglow Street courthouse: "He was arrested and in interview he said he had been homeless since May 8.

"He had no money and was eating out of bins.

"He saw a brick and decided to smash the cash machine a few times. He said he did it because he was frustrated at being homeless."

Glover, who represented himself, did not want to say anything to the magistrates in his defence.

Instead, magistrates were told that he is currently living on the streets and is not able to claim benefits as he does not have an address.

Magistrate Lesley Gilman, fined Glover £100 for each offence, £105 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge, but when she asked when he could pay it, Glover said he couldn't pay anything.

Instead, she said: "You are jailed for 14 days because you are not residing at an address and there is no way for the money to be collected."

Mrs Jeffery added that the town hall was generally suffering with antisocial behaviour as young people are gathering on the steps most evenings from around 6pm – leaving their rubbish behind in the process.

The clerk said that police had been informed about the problem and are currently monitoring the area as a 'high priority'.

CCTV which is covering the town hall is also being checked daily.

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