Exmouth drug user attacked 11 cars - five police vehicles

PUBLISHED: 10:20 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:20 19 May 2016

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


A drug user from Brixington has admitted threatening two friends with a hammer before using it to go on a wrecking spree in Exmouth.

Robert Dance asked one man to help him take part in a robbery and demanded money off another while holding the weapon, Exeter Crown Court was told.

With the hammer, he went on to hit 11 cars, including five police vehicles, within yards of the town’s police station.

Dance, 31, of Broadpark Road, Exmouth, admitted affray and seven counts of criminal damage. His case was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report and an assessment for drug rehabilitation.

Judge Graham Cottle granted Dance conditional bail, but told him: “You must read nothing into that.

“Your behaviour that night generally was extremely serious and it may well be the outcome of this case is a custodial sentence.”

Mr Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, said the offences all took place in a short space of time in the area surrounding Exmouth Police Station on the night of May 12 last year.

The court heard Dance approached one man while holding a hammer and asked him if he wanted to take part in a robbery.

When the man said no, Dance went up the road, clattering the hammer against railings, and approached a second victim.

Mr Wraith said: “He said ‘give me all your money’. He said he had no money, but offered some cigarettes. Dance asked for money again and the other man kicked him and ran away. Dance went on to commit the offences of criminal damage.”

Dance used the hammer to cause damage totalling at least £2,500 to five police cars, and also a Mazda, a Daewoo Matiz, a VW Polo, a Fiat Punto, a Vauxhall Corsa, and a Citroen Saxo, which were parked nearby.

Miss Kelly Scrivener, defending, said Dance had asked if the man could spare some money rather than demanding it. He was now working with the addiction service, Rise, and might be eligible for a rehabilitation programme.

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