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Darlington man vandalises police property after being arrested
A DARLINGTON man vandalised police property after being arrested for theft.
Scott Adam Batty, 18, was arrested in connection with thefts in the Darlington and Hurworth areas on Friday, March 1.
It was alleged that during his time in custody at Darlington Police station, he scrawled graffiti on the door to an exercise yard.
He appeared before Darlington Magistrate’s Court this morning (Tuesday, March 12) charged with criminal damage in relation to that offence. He also faced two charges of burglary.
Prosecutor Jonathan Bambro alleged that, as part of a group, Batty had burgled a shed on Tuesday, February 12 and stole two mountain bikes, valued at £590.
He was also accused of stealing two Giant mountain bikes, valued at £1,800, from a garage at Lychgate in Hurworth on Saturday, February 23.
Batty, of Thirlmere Road, Darlington pleaded guilty to all charges.
Magistrates handed down a community order requiring him to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also given a one month curfew, requiring him to stay at his address between the hours of 7pm and 7am and ordered to pay a share of compensation to his victims, amounting to £320, to be paid at a rate of £5 a week.
Mitigating, Callum Terry said the defendant, who had no previous convictions, had become mixed up with someone “more experienced with the criminal justice system”.
Mr Terry said Batty had ceased contact with that person and was now trying to “sort himself out”.