Smashed phonebox to get cell

A homeless man smashed up a phonebox - then dialled police asking to go back to jail, Derby Crown Court heard this week.

And on Friday, Judge David Pugsley granted Liam Clarke’s wish with a year’s prison and said: “I think he wanted a taxi service to the police station.”

Clarke, 21, had only been out of jail for a day when he damaged the kiosk near the police station on Midland Road, Long Eaton, at around 1.30am on May 31.

He also admitted stealing three radiators from an empty house and lead worth £100 from a church in Alfreton.

Will Bennett, mitigating, said: “The arrest was bizarre.

“Perhaps he should have walked into the police station and made these admissions but he thought this was a better course of action.”