Man ordered to pay clean up costs after dirty protest in Sunderland police cell

A man has been ordered to pay police clean up costs after wiping his excrement on a cell’s walls, door hatch and spyhole.

Daniel Elliott, 28, defecated in the centre of a holding room at Southwick police station in Sunderland.

He then used his hands to smear his mess at 6.30am on Wednesday, April 7 last year after his arrest on another matter.

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Magistrates in South Tyneside heard his vile act was spotted by a police sergeant doing his rounds.

Elliott has now been ordered to pay police the £110 it costs them to have the cell professional cleaned – and an extra £22 for their trouble.

Prosecutor Gurjot Kaur said: “The defendant was in cell 9 when a sergeant saw him smearing excrement on the cell’s walls, hatch and spyhole.

“The excrement was first on the floor, and that’s where he’s taken it from.

“A specialist company had to be used to clean up the cell. There was some planning to this offence.”

The court heard Elliott has one previous conviction for a dissimilar matter.

David Forrester, defending said: “The offence goes back to April 2020, it’s difficult to know why it’s taken so long to come to court.

“He has psychosis. He’s a young man who has all sorts of psychological problems. He is embarrassed by what he did.

“After you put that on the wall, you have to sit in the cell. It’s not a pleasant environment.

“People have to clean it up and the police have to pay for it.”

Elliott, of Foss Way, West Harton, South Shields, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

He was fined £80 and must pay Northumbria Police £132 compensation, with £85 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland