Man’s anger lands him in court

Wigan Wallgate station
Wigan Wallgate station

A MAN who smashed a glass panel after becoming frustrated by a member of staff who he said was like “Vicky Pollard” has escaped jail.

Daniel Ball, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a host of charges including criminal damage and using threatening behaviour at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court this week.

The 20-year-old also set off an emergency alarm at Wigan Wallgate railway station and verbally abused staff after being denied access to the platform because he did not have a ticket.

Ball was handed a 14-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that on February 19 this year, Ball received a text message asking him to attend a meeting at the Coops Foyer in Wigan town centre.

After inquiring at the front desk of nearby Arena Housing, Ball became angry and smashed a glass panel worth £65 with his fist.

And on April 11, Ball, who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), verbally abused staff at the station after being denied access to a phone on the station’s platform.

He then smashed a glass cover activating an emergency alarm.

Andrew Stock, defending, said his client accepted his behaviour was unacceptable and he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

He said: “Mr Ball finds himself in situations and responds in an entirely inappropriate fashion.

“All of the offences are of this nature, if he could take a step back he would not react in this way and he is immediately apologetic.”

The court heard that Ball had returned to the Arena Housing office, apologised for his actions and offered to pay for the damage.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said Ball had told officers that a staff member he was talking to “was like Vicky Pollard”, the teenage delinquent character from BBC comedy Little Britain.

Mr Stock added that Ball had found regular employment with Silcocks Fair and the long hours were helping him keep control of his condition.

Mr Stock said: “Here is somebody who is genuinely remorseful for all of these offences.”

Magistrates ordered Ball to pay £165 costs - £65 for the criminal damage and £100 for the public order offences at the station - in addition to the suspended sentence.