Teenage father glued lock at Longton police station
A TEENAGER found himself in court after he was caught on CCTV supergluing a door lock in a police station.
Andrew Ball used the powerful adhesive to glue the lock of the inquiry office at Longton police station, where he was attending a probation appointment.
Now the 18-year-old has been hauled before a court after he admitted a charge of damaging a door belonging to Staffordshire Police.
Prosecutor Geoff Gibson told the hearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre: "On the afternoon of February 5 this year a police officer discovered that the lock on the door of the inquiry office could not be opened and it was found to have been super glued.
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"Closed-circuit television was viewed and the defendant was seen super gluing the lock."
Mr Gibson told how when Ball was interviewed about the incident he told police that it was a foolish thing to do and at the time had offered to pay for the damage.
Father-of-one Ball, of Leason Road, Meir, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Deputy District Judge Simon Morgan Morgan sentenced the teenager yesterday.
He told him: "It was very foolish to super glue the lock.
"No doubt police found it incredibly irritating."
David Green, defending Ball, said his client regularly attended Longton Police Station because of probation requirements.
He said the teenager had been using the glue to mend a trainer. There had been a blob of the glue on the end of the tube and he had wiped it across the lock, he claimed.