Man from Camborne cuts brake lines after sleeping at Truro Police Station

Rough sleeper cuts police van brake chords - then tells them after crisis of conscience

Rough sleeper cuts police van brake chords - then tells them after crisis of conscience

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Upset when the police moved him on from where he was sleeping underneath the ramp at Truro Police Station, a 47-year-old man cut the brake lines and pipes on a police support van.

But then, feeling it had been a dangerous thing to do, he waited for the first police officer he could see, and told him what he had done.

Truro magistrates heard this when David Teesdale, of Basset Street, Camborne, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage valued at £200 to a Devon and Cornwall police vehicle, and guilty to dangerously interfering with a Ford Transit van.

Alison May, for the CPS, said when he told the police about what he had done, he said he had been at the end of his tether at the time, having been evicted, and lost property from a fire and theft. Because no-one would help him he thought the only remedy was to commit an offence.

He told the police he had been sleeping under the ramp at the police station when he was moved on the previous evening, which upset him. When he realised how dangerous it was to interfere with the van he wanted to make sure no-one used it and so told an officer. He had previous convictions.

His solicitor Martin Pearce said he had been desperate for attention. After being told what he had done the police had been good enough to arrange help for him. He had an alcohol problem.

The case was adjourned to July 21 for further inquiries.

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5:40pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

"Rough sleeper cuts police van brake 'chords' "

Sounds very musical to me. Perhaps he did not like the tone of their voice.
"Rough sleeper cuts police van brake 'chords' " Sounds very musical to me. Perhaps he did not like the tone of their voice. Gill Z Martin
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5:44pm Mon 30 Jun 14

meerkats says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
"Rough sleeper cuts police van brake 'chords' "

Sounds very musical to me. Perhaps he did not like the tone of their voice.
lol, i noticed the mistake too ,
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: "Rough sleeper cuts police van brake 'chords' " Sounds very musical to me. Perhaps he did not like the tone of their voice.[/p][/quote]lol, i noticed the mistake too , meerkats
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

meerkats wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
"Rough sleeper cuts police van brake 'chords' "

Sounds very musical to me. Perhaps he did not like the tone of their voice.
lol, i noticed the mistake too ,
Perhaps he strung them along and got a bit loud.
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: "Rough sleeper cuts police van brake 'chords' " Sounds very musical to me. Perhaps he did not like the tone of their voice.[/p][/quote]lol, i noticed the mistake too ,[/p][/quote]Perhaps he strung them along and got a bit loud. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 8

5:57pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Have you noticed, when you click on "email me when a new comment is added" it now says, "you have successfully unsubscribed to this article" !
Have you noticed, when you click on "email me when a new comment is added" it now says, "you have successfully unsubscribed to this article" ! Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 6

7:48pm Mon 30 Jun 14

meerkats says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
Have you noticed, when you click on "email me when a new comment is added" it now says, "you have successfully unsubscribed to this article" !
Yes it keeps happening to me too ,it is so annoying ,i have to keep a list of what articles i have commented on so that i remember to check as i dont get updates via email anymore.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: Have you noticed, when you click on "email me when a new comment is added" it now says, "you have successfully unsubscribed to this article" ![/p][/quote]Yes it keeps happening to me too ,it is so annoying ,i have to keep a list of what articles i have commented on so that i remember to check as i dont get updates via email anymore. meerkats
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