Rampage at police station

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who smashed up a police headquarters reception area with a lump hammer said he did it because he had been homeless for 11 hours and wanted to go to prison.

Ajmal Khan’s wrecking spree at Blackpool’s Central police station left windows, a computer screen and a CCTV camera broken, a court was told.

Khan, 22, formerly of Arley Gardens, Burnley, now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was remanded in custody for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said a female civilian worker opened the police station inquiry desk and showed a member of the public to a consultation room on April 17 at about 8am

But she then heard five loud bangs and saw Khan swinging a lump hammer at windows and lights.

He smashed a computer information screen and stood on a chair to batter the CCTV camera, before breaking a glass panel in the door leading into the police station.

An officer had to draw his pepper-spray and order Khan to drop the hammer, magistrates heard.

When interviewed, Khan said he was currently homeless and he began to feel the only way out of his situation was to go to prison.

When asked how long he had been homeless he told them it had been 11 hours.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said Khan had no money or accommodation.

And he said the defendant had begun to suffer from irrational thoughts.

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