Homeless man fined for escaping icy winds by climbing in a hole behind a shop in Blackpool - before cop yanked him out by his legs

A homeless man who escaped icy winds by removing a hatch cover and harbouring in a hole in a wall behind a shop in Central Drive, Blackpool, has been fined.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:34 am
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Stephen Perrigo, 42, crawled headfirst in the tiny makeshift cubbyhole to take refuge against the wintry weather, Blackpool Magistrates' Court was told.

But he was charged with criminal damage - and assaulting a police officer who yanked him out by his legs.

Defending, Martin Hillson said: "He wasn't aware at first it was the police as he could not see behind him.

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"He struggled and the officer's hand was hurt. In the end, police PAVA sprayed Perrigo."

Perrigo was told to pay £150 compensation for the damage, £5 compensation to the police officer, and a £40 fine.

He was also made the subject of a one-year community order with 15 days' rehabilitation.

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