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Student from Longridge went on drunken rampage
7:10am Wednesday 7th March 2012 in Longridge
A TALENTED art student went on a mindless wrecking spree in his Longridge neighbourhood.
Blackburn magistrates heard Luke William Haslam caused £1,000 worth of damage to cars and property during a drunken rampage.
The following day he went round and apologised to his neighbours and made arrangements to pay for some of the damage.
And two of them responded by writing references saying Haslam’s behaviour had been totally out of character.
Haslam, 18, of Parlick Avenue, Longridge, pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal damage and asked for four similar offences to be taken into consideration. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said two of the victims were woken by shouting and banging and looked out to see Haslam damaging vehicles and a fence.
“This was the kind of wanton, random damage the infuriates people, causing a lot of inconvenience,” said Miss Allan. “He had no explanation for what he did that night.”
Ivan Dickinson, defending, said Haslam, an art and design student, had made peace with his neighbours.
“It is a small community and he knows all the people who the property belonged to,” said Mr Dickinson. “This was a drink fuelled spree which he deeply regrets.”
Mr Dickinson said a recent national sculpture competition had attracted 12,000 entries and Haslam’s effort was one of just 20 to be chosen to be exhibited at a London gallery.
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