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Man tried making love to an ambulance in Barnstaple bus station

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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Barnstaple bus station

A DRUNK man set fire to a packet of peanuts and tried making love to an ambulance, North Devon Magistrates' Court has heard.

Calum Ward, 25, of Westaway Heights, Barnstaple, was spotted by police in Barnstaple bus station on November 12.

The court heard he was "in relatively high spirits" and said he was going home to sober up.

But he was then spotted on CCTV in a phone box setting light to a packet of peanuts while also punching them.

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The court heard Ward also approached members of the public who were forced to turn their backs on him and walk away. He then approached a nearby ambulance and spread himself in front of it.

Mark Haddow, for the prosecution, said the attending police officer commented: "It looks as though he is attempting to make love to the front of the ambulance."

After being searched Ward was found to be in possession of cannabis and amphetamine.

Then on November 30 last year there was a similar incident on Bideford Quay when Ward was stopped by police for being drunk and disorderly.

Mr Haddow told the court: "He had a great deal of difficulty in standing up but despite this police were offering him the chance to go home."

The court heard Ward then began shouting insults and swearing at a Scottish officer.

Mr Haddow, who also happens to be Scottish, told the court: "He was arrested and detained and spent the night in cells.

Ward, who was unrepresented, was given the chance to speak to magistrates.

He said: "I did start using drugs and drinking. I have seen the error of my ways with that."

Ward was sentenced to a community order with a supervision requirement for six months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.

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