A MAN who broke a security camera in a Herefordshire town was caught on CCTV in a case described as "ironic" by the prosecution.

Tyler Layton-Burrows admitted one count of criminal damage when he appeared before magistrates in October.

He was caught reaching for a CCTV transmission kit in what Hereford Magistrates Court heard was " a stupid mistake".

On February 11, 20-year-old Layton-Burrows was with his friends in Leominster and had been drinking, and damaged the camera as a joke. The camera was owned by Herefordshire Council.  


He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and recognised that his actions had caused inconvenience.

The council failed to tell prosecutor Mark Hambling how much it was owed for the damage, so the court ordered the defendant, of Mortimer Street, Leominster, to pay £50, acknowledging that the camera must have been worth a lot more. 

He was also fined £40 and asked to pay a £14 victim surcharge and £135 in court costs.