Bored pensioner damaged phones

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A PENSIONER told Blackpool Police he had damaged public telephones because he was bored.

Retired insurance worker, Michael Hawkins, who had £1,600 on him at the time, said he did not damage the telephone in Bank Hey Street to get money.

Hawkins, 65, of Charles Avenue, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, admitted causing damage. He was fined £150 with £85 costs and ordered to pay compensation of £99 plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Anne Smith, told him: “The harm caused if that phone was needed in an emergency could have been really serious.”

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said police saw Hawkins pushing tissue paper into a payphone coin slot at 11pm on October 19. He told officers he intended trapping coins and getting them out.

He said he had done it at other public phones, not because he needed the 
money but because he was bored and added that he did it more in winter than summer.

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