Squatter left a trail of damage

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A woman caused devastating destruction at a luxury mansion.

Ceilings were caved in, walls partially knocked down and a marble floor was ripped up in the snooker room at the seven-bedroomed home on Preston New Road, Marton, after Natalie Wilkinson and a boyfriend squatted there.

When the duo decided to leave Wilkinson ripped out the central heating boiler and huge lengths of copper piping, causing thousands of pounds of devastation.

Wilkinson, 21, of Overdale Grove, Grange Park, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft at the mansion.

She was bailed for pre-sentence reports and will be sentenced at a later date by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the detached home in spacious grounds was unoccupied at the time and the owner’s gardener was playing a caretaker role.

Between April 20 and May 5, 2011 Wilkinson ripped out the gas boiler and copper piping, causing more than £6,000 of damage.

She sold the boiler and pipes as scrap metal receiving between £200 and £250 for it.

Crime scene investigators found Wilkinson’s fingerprints at the property.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said Wilkinson’s boyfriend had not been charged.

Mr Colebourne added: “At the time they were having accommodation problems.

They had seen the house and observed it was obviously empty, so they returned there as squatters.”

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