Man on the run arrested at airport

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A wanted man went on the run and spent the summer in Spain, a court was told.

Joseph Gregory had been recalled to prison and was wanted by police on a warrant.

He was arrested at Blackpool Airport when he flew home on Tuesday.

Gregory, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft, damage and failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to 60 days in prison by District Judge Gerald Chalk sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court who told him: “You deliberately avoided detection by disappearing off to Spain for several months.”

Jane Yates, prosecuting said a postman was driving his Royal Mail van on North Drive, Cleveleys, on March 7 when he saw Gregory throwing bricks at cars.

Gregory then punched the mail van, smashing the wing mirror and kicked the van denting it.

A warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to answer bail on March 26, the court heard.

He had been on prison licence at the time and was also recalled to jail.

Paul Robinson, defending, said alcohol lay at the heart of Gregory’s offending.

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