Eight cars attacked in crime spree in Guinness Lane, Exwick — (thisisexeter.co.uk)

SSRI Ed note: Depressed alcoholic takes antidepressants, drinks, loses job, causes £4,500 damage on vandalism rampage, is charged.

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July 27, 2010

A MAN went on a crime spree by damaging vehicles in his own neighbourhood.  Douglas Jane, 35, smashed, dented and scratched eight cars causing around £4,500 damage.

He also smashed a window and damaged a police cell.

Jane, of Guinness Lane, Exwick, went on the rampage in the early hours of Sunday after drinking. His spree took place in Guinness Lane and Kinnerton Way, Exwick.

He smashed the windscreens of four cars belonging to Neil Baitup, James Dunnett, Gavin Mann and Margaret Healy.

He damaged eight windows and smashed and dented the body work of a Mitsubishi belonging to Nicholas Holladay.

He scratched the wheel arch of further car belonging to Andrew Salter.

He also caused damage to a Toyota belonging to Scott Hunt and smashed the side window of a Ford Transit belonging to Russell Moore.

And Jane broke a double-glazed window belonging to Jon Grigg.

Exeter Magistrates Court heard yesterday a wrench and a stone may have been used to inflict some of the damage.

Jane brought attention to himself moving a washing machine around in the street in the early hours. He then went on the rampage between 4am and 5am while drunk and on prescribed medication.

The court was told: “Emotions (of the victims) are running high in respect to what happened. They now know who is responsible for it.”

When police caught up with Jane, he admitted smashing the cars up. Mitigating Peter Woodley said Jane was “genuinely sorry”.

The court was told Jane is an alcoholic, who suffers from depression, anxiety and paranoia. Mr Woodley said: “He is prescribed medication but he is drinking far to much on top of that. He seems to have fallen apart over the course of the weekend.”

He lost his job six months ago and due to personal circumstances now lives on his own. He has been seeing alcohol service providers and is seeking further help from Exeter and North Devon Addiction Services.

“He has frightened himself with his behaviour over the weekend,” Mr Woodley said.

“He can’t recall smashing up the vehicles. He said he does not want to drink anymore and get into this position again.

“He knows the people whose vehicles he has damaged and they have been helping him lately and he feels now that he has treated them badly.”

Magistrates adjourned sentence until August 16, for reports to be prepared. Jane is on unconditional bail.

Exwick beat police officers Mark Arthurs and Sharon Tooze have been praised for their work on the case.