Vandal caused £11,000 worth of damage to Northamptonshire park cafe as ‘revenge’ for lifetime ban

Anthony Wood
Anthony Wood

A vandal has been jailed after he caused £11,000 worth of damage to a cafe in a Northamptonshire theme park as “revenge” for being given a lifetime ban.

Anthony Wood, aged 22, smashed all 50 windows of the Hexagon cafe in Wicksteed Park, let off fire extinguishers and damaged a vending machine during a “mindless” attack on November 29 last year.

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Northampton Crown Court heard Wood had also broken in to the cafe two weeks earlier and stolen biscuits and drinks as well as money from the till.

On this occasion two windows of the building were smashed and the fire extinguishers had again been let off and then discarded on the ground.

Priyi Bakshi, prosecuting, said Wood had caused £11,000 worth of damage to the cafe.

He was arrested near the cafe at 11.30pm on November 29 along with a 15-year-old boy and they were later identified on CCTV.

The court heard Wood, who is homeless, had been given a lifetime ban from Wicksteed Park in 2011 due to his behaviour.

Caroline Bray, mitigating, said her client was not drunk or on drugs when he committed the burglary and act of criminal damage and had “no idea” why he committed the offences.

However, Judge Michael Fowler said he “could not escape” the conclusion that Wood had targeted the cafe in the park as “revenge” for his lifetime ban.

He said: “This was mindless vandalism fro the sake of it which caused significant costs.

“Though it is a commercial enterprise it is a public facility that provides entertainment for young children and you sought to damage that business.”

Judge Fowler sentenced him to 24 weeks in prison after he admitted burglary and criminal damage. A 15-year-old who admitted the criminal damage was given an eight-month youth referral order. For legal reasons he cannot be named.