Stoke-on-Trent man smashes neighbour’s CCTV camera in long-running dispute



Angry Lee Lloyd broke his neighbour’s CCTV camera by punching it.

The 35-year-old damaged the equipment beyond repair after ‘losing control’ and knocking it off its wall mount.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the incident was part of a long-running dispute with the victim.

Prosecutor Alicia Perry said: “The victim lives on the same street as the defendant. The victim has had a number of issues with his property being damaged by local residents.

“On this day he checked his CCTV footage and saw the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. He went outside to check and could see the camera was no longer in its base, it was hanging by the wires.”

The court heard the victim went back to check his footage and saw three men, including Lloyd, come out of a property opposite.

Miss Perry added: “He saw the defendant walk towards his property and smash the camera with his right hand in a clenched fist.”

Lloyd, of Kendrick Street, Longton, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage on September 16. He has a previous conviction for the same charge, relating to the same victim.

Alan Dawson, mitigating, said: “There has been an ongoing issue in the street as far as this camera is concerned. Rather than being fixed it appeared to be following people. For this reason there is some animosity in the street, not just with this defendant.

“On this date he had been to a friend’s. He came out and the camera was focusing on the address. He totally lost self-control. He marches straight over the road and punches the camera.”

Mr Dawson said Lloyd suffers from a number of health problems.

Magistrates fined Lloyd £120 and ordered him to pay £250 compensation to the victim. Lloyd must also pay £169 court costs and charges. A 12-month restraining order prohibiting Lloyd from contacting the victim was imposed.





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