Freed prisoner on the rampage

A TEENAGER who went on the rampage in Ely to celebrate his release from jail has been told he must pay for the damage he caused. Drunken Carl Manning smashed three shop windows in the city s High Street, leaving a trail of blood and almost severing the ca

A TEENAGER who went on the rampage in Ely to celebrate his release from jail has been told he must pay for the damage he caused.

Drunken Carl Manning smashed three shop windows in the city's High Street, leaving a trail of blood and almost severing the cap of his knuckle in the process.

Appearing before city magistrates for sentencing on Thursday, Manning was ordered to pay £664 compensation.

He was also ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid community work, and attend Drinksense as part of his 18-month supervision by the probation service.


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Nineteen-year-old Manning, of Gateway Gardens, Ely, broke windows at British Heart Foundation, Currys and Lloyds Pharmacy on September 23 last year.

He was arrested two days later, still suffering from an injured hand. He could not remember much about breaking the windows, but a trail of blood he left was DNA tested and was a match for him, said prosecutor Delia Matthews.

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"He went out to celebrate that night, and drank too much," explained solicitor Jacqui Baldwin. "He thought he had broken one window, he could not remember damaging all three."

Manning has not offended since the incident, she said, asking the court not to send him back to jail.

"This was a very stupid thing to do when you were on licence from prison," Manning was told by presiding magistrate Dr Christine Shaw.

She said the court was pleased to hear he was co-operating with the probation service, and hoped to get a job.

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