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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Bored Carlisle man smashed railway station windows

A 32-year-old man on a night out drank 10 pints before smashing 12 windows at Penrith station because he was bored.

Gavin Mc Allister, of Borland Avenue, Botcherby, Carlisle, was out with friends in Penrith when he downed the pints and some shots, Carlisle magistrates court heard.

He smashed the windows in the early hours of December 7 and phoned police to tell them what he had done.

Asked in police interview how drunk he was, on a scale of one to 10, and he replied ‘10’.

He said he didn’t know why he smashed the windows. “I don’t know, I was drunk and bored,” he said.

McAllister, who admitted causing criminal damage, said he was suffering from depression and didn’t drink a lot normally but, when he did, he ‘binge drinks’.

He was given a six-month community order and told to attend an alcohol awareness course. He must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay Virgin Trains £737 compensation, plus £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.


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