Vandal wins ‘most stupid offence of week’ after smashing window and calling 999

Vandal wins ‘most stupid offence of week’ after smashing window and calling 999

A vandal who smashed a police station window in a rage then dialled 999 on himself was described in court as “the winner of the most stupid offence of the week award”.

Paul Cockburn, 36, was angry after having a petty argument with his mum at their home in Newcastle so decided to damage his local police station with a broken cricket bat.

But his conscience quickly kicked in and, as the station was closed, he called the emergency services to confess what he had done.

Cockburn then left the scene but was later arrested and charged with one count of criminal damage, to which he pleaded guilty.

Cockburn then left the scene but was later arrested and charged with one count of criminal damage, to which he pleaded guilty.

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