Man counts cost of damaging blanket
A MAN has been fined £75 for making a 20p-sized hole in a police-issued blanket.
Leigh Webb, 21, was arrested and taken to Swansea Central Police Station on November 18 and given a standard issue anti-rip suit and police blanket as he arrived at the custody suite.
When he was then put into a cell, officers watched him on CCTV biting a hole in the blanket, leaving a hole the size of a 20 pence piece.
Officers then went into the cell and spoke to him.
When he was told he was being charged with criminal damage, Webb replied: "Sorry".
Prosecutor Lisa Jones told Swansea Magistrates' Court he had later told officers he could not remember the incident because he was under the influence of drugs.
"He said he was the only person in the cell and he recalled having a blanket so said he must have caused the damage," Mrs Jones said.
Matt Henson, representing Webb at Swansea Magistrates' Court, said his client, who had pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage, had apologised for causing the damage and was "very remorseful".
He said Webb, of no fixed address, had spent two days in custody and had problems with drugs and alcohol.
Magistrates fined him £75 but said his period in custody counted as time served in default.