Cars smashed up in midnight madness

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Drunken men smashed windscreens and windows in cars parked on a Spalding street in “ten to 15 minutes of madness”.

Thomas Berry (19) and Liam Martin (20) each admitted five counts of criminal damage when they appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the cars were damaged between midnight and 12.15am on November 2 in Holland Road.

An Isuzu Trooper, belonging to Brian Kirk, had its windscreen shattered and a rock was found on its bonnet.

Windows were smashed in a Peugeot 406, owned by James Campbell, Robert McCallister’s Skoda Fabia, which suffered a rip to the passenger seat and a damaged handbrake, Andrew Pennington’s Audi A3 and Nicholas Wide’s Vauxhall Insignia.

Mr Pennington found his car damaged, heard “further smashing” along the street and confronted Berry and Martin in a driveway.

He told them to stay there, as police had been called, and described them as “aggressive”. They ran off but police arrested them soon afterwards.

Mr Clare said Mr Pennington was claiming £60 for his insurance excess, but that was not cost of repairs – there were no documents giving the cost of repairs to the other cars.

Berry, of Stonegate, Spalding, and Martin, of Halmer Gate, Spalding, will be sentenced on December 19 when a probation report has been prepared.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens said the men had been to a house party and Martin was “completely and utterly mortified “ by his behaviour and wants to compensate the car owners.

Solicitor Daven Naghen, for Berry, said: “It is going to prove to be an expensive night for him. It’s ten to 15 minutes of madness on their behalf.”