Grafton School intruder faces prison

A MAN will have to spend months in prison after he breached a community order and was arrested for scaring children on a school playground while on bail. Peter Culling, 19, of Sheppey Road, Dagenham, appeared before Barking Magistrates Court last Thursda

A MAN will have to spend months in prison after he breached a community order and was arrested for scaring children on a school playground while on bail.

Peter Culling, 19, of Sheppey Road, Dagenham, appeared before Barking Magistrates Court last Thursday (April 16) charged with handling stolen goods, interfering with a vehicle and possessing a class C drug which followed on from an arrest for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at Grafton Junior School, Grafton Road, Dagenham.

He had been on a community order for offences of criminal damage and vehicle theft, when on March 5 patrolling plain clothes officers caught him interfering with a vehicle that appeared to have been hotwired, officers also found a small amount of cannabis on him, and he was arrested and charged on suspicion of theft.

He was released on bail conditions but breached those when he jumped over a school fence on March 10 and March 11 when he angrily ran across the playground.


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The crown prosecutor said: "He was described as looking angry and aggressive.

"Mr Culling said: 'I want to see the headmaster to complain about the children in the playground. I don't want them playing by my fence.'"

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The following day he was seen to hold onto the fence and scaring the children by gesturing with his right hand and shouting."

He was later arrested by police officers for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour during both incidents, to which he pleaded guilty in court.

Officers also found a stolen wallet on him, which he claimed to have found.

One of the cases relating to the school incident was dismissed with no evidence offered.

District Judge, John Woollard, said: "He committed the offences on March 10 and 11 whilst on bail to the case on March 5."

Addressing Culling he said: "I saw you on February 25 and then rather than dealing with you by way of custodial sentence gave you a chance to work in the community.

"Not only did you breach your order but committed more offences in the meantime."

Culling received a two-month prison sentence for interfering with a vehicle on March 5 and a consecutive two-month prison sentence for handling stolen goods on March 12.

The court also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drug and Culling's community order was revoked.

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