Man on drugs and alcohol posed as German policeman
A BRAIN-INJURED man who topped up his medication with alcohol demanded to be let into a neighbour's house, claiming to be a German policeman, a court heard.
When the terrified residents refused to let him in, Damien McAvoy tried to break in with a garden tool taken from a shed. McAvoy, who was still wearing a hospital wrist-tag, had to be subdued by police using a Capta spray.
Magistrates heard that McAvoy had served a short jail term in July, and on release had started drinking again. He was now living in supported accommodation and was being helped by a community psychiatric nurse and the Harbour Centre.
Magistrates granted McAvoy, aged 39 and of Arundel Crescent, Plymouth, unconditional bail.
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They ordered a full-pre-sentence report from the Probation Service. McAvoy, who admits theft of the tool, will be sentenced on January 16.
A POST van was stolen mid-way through deliveries, Royal Mail has confirmed.
The van, which had a small quantity of mail on, was taken by a thief whilst the driver had been on delivery duty in Plymouth on Thursday December 13.
Police have since recovered the van and some tampered mail which will be returned to customers.
Royal Mail spokesperson, Adrian Booth, said: "We can confirm that a van was stolen on December 13 in the Plymouth area. The van has been recovered and the matter is currently been investigated by the police.
"A very small quality of mail was involved as the driver was at the end of the delivery round, but one or two items had been tampered with. The recovered parcels have now been released by the police for onward delivery or collection by customers."
A MAN has been cleared of assaulting his partner's former boyfriend.
Blaine Ewing, aged 22, had denied maliciously wounding Christopher Mills on January 23. A jury found him not guilty after a retrial at Plymouth Crown Court.
The first trial had been abandoned because of legal issues.
Ewing, of Wolseley Road, Whitleigh, walked free from the dock to cheers from his friends and family in the dock.
A DANCE club has celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Saltash Scottish Dance Club celebrated the milestone at its annual Christmas dance.
Founding members Joan and Hoagy Carmichael cut a celebration cake to mark the event and were joined by the Celtic capers dance band.
Around 60 guests attended the dance at Saltash Community College.