Preston thief defaced police van by urinating in it

A thief deliberately urinated in a police van, a court has heard.

By Stef Hall
Monday, 30th March 2020, 5:00 pm

Scott Jamie Simpson, of Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, stole a TomTom sat-nav, to the value of £199, on Christmas Day into Boxing Day.

On Boxing Day the 23-year-old was arrested.

On the way to the station he relieved himself in the back of the police vehicle.

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Preston Magistrates' Court

It later cost the force £100 for it to be cleaned by specialists.

Simpson has pleaded guilty to criminal damage and theft at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

He was ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work and have drug rehabilitation treatment.

Simpson also got a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £199 to the theft victim and a further £100 compensation to Lancashire Police.

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