Soldier goes on booze-fuelled wrecking spree

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A former soldier who suffered from post traumatic stress ran amok after drinking alcohol.

Andrew Hercus ran about naked from the waist up, attacking a chip shop worker and damaging cars.

As one woman drove her car along Lytham Road, Hercus ran out and banged on the vehicle with his fists.

Hercus, a 33-year-old delivery driver, of Torsway Avenue, Layton, now living at Broughton Avenue, pleaded guilty to assault and three offences of damaging cars.

He was sentenced to an eight weeks curfew from 7pm to 2am.

He was also told to pay £650 compensation for damage to the cars and ordered to forfeit £200 from a previous breach of the peace by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a man working in a chip shop at the junction of Lytham Road and Clarenden Road saw Hercus punching his and another parked car on May 19.

The shop worker went to remonstrate with him and Hercus punched and kicked him.

He then ran into the road and hit a car.

Hercus told police he had been drinking the spirit Sambucca.

He had been a soldier serving in Afghanistan as recently as 2010 and as a result suffered from post-traumatic stress, the court heard.

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