Jail term imposed for criminal damage


A 38-year-old man who targeted a minibus used by adults with learning disabilities in Banbury has been given a 28-day prison sentence.

Christopher Knowles, of no fixed abode, admitted one count of criminal damage after the incident at the Redlands Centre in Neithrop Avenue between 5pm on January 12 and 7am on January 13.

Knowles used a brick to smash the rear window of a Mercedes Sprinter minibus which was parked in the centre, run by Oxfordshire County Council.

He was sentenced at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 12.

It was the second time he targeted the centre after being given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, in May.

Detective sergeant James Bonner, of Banbury CID, said: “I am pleased we were able to convict him again of this offence and that the court deemed a period of imprisonment appropriate.”