Tyre slasher pleads guilty

Two tyres were punctured on this car.
Two tyres were punctured on this car.

A homeless man arrested in the hunt for the Pocklington tyre-slasher has pleaded guilty to criminal damage, as residents count the cost of the crime spree.

Julian Glew, 45, of no fixed abode, appeared in custody at Hull Magistrates’ Court last Monday and pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal damage and asked for a schedule of similar offences to be taken into consideration.

CCTV footage of the suspect was released earlier this month

CCTV footage of the suspect was released earlier this month

Glew was arrested last Saturday in Pocklington Woods, near Chapel Hill Road, Pocklington. Police were investigating reports of a series of car attacks with no apparent motive or connection between them. Police have confirmed that 190 car tyres were slashed and damaged earlier this month in Pocklington. The town council estimated that the spree caused about £20,000 of damage.

Glew, who is single, with no previous convictions, pleaded guilty at his first appearance in the glass dock of court two with a security guard at his shoulder.

He had been remanded in custody because he had no address.

Defence barrister Joanne Markham said: “Mr Glew has co-operated with the police. This is a very unusual case and the court would be assisted by a pre-sentence report.”

An address was provided to the court, so he could be bailed.

The chairman of the magistrates adjourned sentence until 12 October at Beverley Magistrates’ Court. A report on his background will be prepared by the Humberside Probation Service.

Glew was allowed to walk free on bail.

Humberside Police released CCTV footage of the suspect earlier this month in a bid to catch the vandal. The force received 140 reports of vehicles having had tyres intentionally punctured across the town.