Smashed up camper van in revenge attack

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A former Bridlington man has been given a suspended prison sentence for smashing up a man’s camper van in a revenge attack.

Daniel Caple, 30, and his cohort Matthew Ledger, 24, smashed the windows of the Fiat Punto mobile home which was parked up in Ridgeway, York.

Police community support officers caught them in the act and went to confront them.

Ledger, also known as Matthew Stone, was wielding a set of ladders and aimed a volley of four-letter words and dire threats at the officers, York Crown Court heard.

He and Caple - formerly of Bright Crescent, Bridlington - were arrested and charged with criminal damage. They appeared for sentence on Monday after pleading guilty to the charges.

Prosecuting barrister Michael Cahill said there had been previous animosity between the defendants and the victim, who was named in court.

He said that when the PCSOs confronted Ledger, his fists were clenched and he broke down in tears, saying that the victim deserved it.

The attack, on February 28, caused hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage to the van, which was written off by the owner’s insurers.

Mark Patridge, mitigating, said that Caple - who has recently moved to Leeds - had a serious drink problem at the time.

Barrister Alex Menary, for Ledger, said his client was also heavily drunk at the time but had since given up alcohol and was working for charity.

Judge Stephen Ashurst branded the defendants’ actions “appalling” and told Ledger, of Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, that his behaviour towards the PCSOs was “disgraceful”.

Both men were given nine-month prison sentences, suspended for a year. They were each ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work and pay £200 each to the victim in compensation for the £400 excess he lost as a result of the damage to his vehicle.