Teen on celebration rampage

CELEBRATING his release from jail, teenager Carl Manning went on the rampage in Ely, smashing shop windows and leaving a trail of blood in the city centre. Drunken Manning caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to High Street premises – and almost seve

CELEBRATING his release from jail, teenager Carl Manning went on the rampage in Ely, smashing shop windows and leaving a trail of blood in the city centre.

Drunken Manning caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to High Street premises - and almost severed the cap of his knuckle in the process.

Nineteen-year-old Manning could remember little about the incident when police interviewed him two days later, Ely magistrates were told on Thursday.

Manning, of Gateway Gardens, Ely, admitted smashing windows at British Heart Foundation, Currys and Lloyds Pharmacy on September 23 last year. Repairs cost £664.


You may also want to watch:


"No one wants to deny him the right to celebrate his release from prison, but sadly he did it the wrong way," said prosecutor Matthew Bradbury.

"He and his brother got liquored up, and he broke windows on his way home. An anonymous call was received by police, and he was arrested a couple of days later."

Most Read

The trail of blood started at Currys, said Mr Bradbury, and continued to the other targeted premises. "It was obvious it was done by the same person at the same time," he added.

Manning found it difficult to adjust to life in the community after the tight boundaries of jail, said solicitor Jacqui Baldwin.

But he had recently been allocated a tenancy and was complying well with the terms of his release licence. There had been no more incidents since these offences.

Telling Manning he had made a "huge and stupid mistake" presiding magistrate Mary Rone adjourned sentencing until January 25 for a report to be prepared.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter