Spider-Man crimes cost £5k to solve

Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A DRUNKEN student who played Spider-Man on the rooftops of Blackpool cost the emergency services more than £5,000.

And Thomas Curley’s antics above Bloomfield Road were today blasted by a judge as a “drunken, stupid escapade”.

The police helicopter, six officers, a police negotiator, two fire engines and a cherry picker were sent to the town centre street as the 21-year-old fooled around on the rooftops and joked about jumping off.

Curley, who lives on Bloomfield Road, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, and was slammed by District Judge Jeff Brailsford for his antics.

Judge Brailsford, who was sitting at the town’s magistrates’ court, said: “This was a dangerous, stupid drunken escapade which could have ended tragically for you and other people.

“It cost the country £5,706 in emergency services manpower which was needed elsewhere.”

Curley, a student chef, had drunk around “15 cans of strong lager” before taking to the rooftops for his escapade at around 11.15pm on December 9 last year.

He was picked up by the police helicopter standing on top of a detached house on Bloomfield Road, drinking from a can and laughing, before jumping a four-foot gap back to a row of terraced houses.

He only agreed to be brought down by a fire brigade cherry picker after being given a cigarette.

Tony Wilbraham, defending, said Curley realised his behaviour had been foolish and was remorseful about what he had put people through.

He added: “He is very aware of the money he has cost the public purse and unpaid work for the community would be one way of paying the public back for dealing with his stupid antics.”

Curley pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance.

As well as his suspended prison sentence, Curley was also ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community, put on 12 months’ supervision and ordered to pay an £80 victims’ surcharge.

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