A vandal who caused £3,000 worth of damage to police cars outside the force’s Cambridge HQ did it because he wanted to go to prison so he could have a new place to live, a court heard.
Mark Maybey was jailed for 12 weeks on Friday for his assault on 10 patrol vehicles parked outside Cambridgeshire force’s Southern Division Parkside headquarters in the early hours of Thursday.
The 44-year-old, who suffers from mental health problems, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court to criminal damage after he broke the barrier of the CCTV-controlled car park at around 1am to snap off windscreen wipers, wing mirrors and scratch and dent the vehicles, rendering them unroadworthy.
The Waterbeach resident, of Robson Court, told the court that his attack on the Parkside station was a “protest” against the police but also a way to go to prison after his living conditions became “intolerable”.
Maybey was handcuffed and sentenced in his absence after being held in contempt of court for failing to rise for magistrate Mrs Stephanie Bishop.
He told the court: “I did what I did as a protest against that institution commonly referred to as the police force.”
James Dignan, mitigating, added: “He wished to make a protest about the police but he also wants to go to prison.
“His address has become intolerable for him. He has been banned from two pubs and two local shops in his neighbourhood. His neighbours, he claims, are making life impossible for him.”
Delia Matthews, prosecuting, said Maybey admitted to officers at the scene that he wanted to damage more cars but “had come unprepared.”
Magistrate Stephanie Bishop, said: “These offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.
“These were public vehicles to be used by the police in an emergency and for the protection of the public.”
The incident threw police plans for the day into chaos with officers forced to bring back-up vehicles from rural areas to have them available to respond to 999 calls in city.