Prisoner from Stamford wrote ‘pig’ in food and flooded Grantham cell with toilet

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A Stamford man was fined for writing ‘pig’ using food on the wall of his Grantham police cell, before flooding it by repeatedly flushing the toilet.

Peter Brown, 27, of Lambeth Walk, Stamford pleaded guilty at Grantham magistrates’ court today to damaging the custody cell on April 29, which consequently needed a deep clean costing £150.

Prosecutor Jim Clare outlined how after being arrested for an offence for which he was subsequently not charged, Brown was taken to Grantham police station.

“He threw his meal on to the walls and wrote ‘pig’ with the food. He also smeared food on the food hatch. He repeatedly flushed the toilet which flooded the cell, and further pushed water out into the corridor by using a pillow,” explained Mr Clare.

Rob Arthur, defending, said that his client had become angry after an officer ordered him to remove his glasses, leaving him with very limited vision.

Mr Arthur added that his defendant accepted that he had caused the mess, although no permanent damage, and noted: “It will be a very expensive stay in a cell for him.”

Brown received a conditional discharge lasting 12 months, and must pay the £150 owed for cleaning the cell, a further £150 criminal court charge and a £15 victim surcharge.