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Roof jumper facing criminal damage and drug charges

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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A MAN who jumped from a roof onto a car in Burton caused more than £15,000 of damage to cars and homes, a court has been told.

Adam Turner, 31, spent an hour walking along terraced roofs in Clarence Street, dislodging tiles and throwing them on to the street below.

He eventually jumped after police failed to talk him down, landing on a car in front of shocked onlookers who had come out of their homes.

Turner, of Hagley Road, Birmingham, now faces seven charges of causing criminal damage to property.

One charge states that a Peugeot 308 was ‘destroyed’, with the damage valued at £5,400.

The damage to another car – a Toyota Yaris – is estimated to have cost £4,050, the charge says.

The roof of one home on Clarence Street was also ‘destroyed’, one charge states, at a cost of £5,000.

Three further charges refer to damage to roofs,

“It is an unusual set of circumstances,” said Emma Thompson, prosecuting, when Turner appeared before magistrates earlier today.

He offered no plea to any of the allegations, and the case has now been adjourned to take place at Stafford Crown Court on June 16.

John McGregor, defending, said: “The guidelines clearly indicate that the limit for summary trial stops at £10,000.

“I think we would be hard-pressed to deal with it otherwise.”

The total value of the damage, as laid out for the court, is £15, 250.

Turner is also charged with the possession of 4.83 grams of mephedrone.

The roads around Clarence Street were cordoned off for several hours while police and fire crews dealt with the escalating situation on the lunchtime of March 4.

Staff at Anglesey Primary Academy, opposite, had to draw the blinds to stop children from seeing the man on the roof.

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