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Stratford Man Arrested When He Returns Stolen Police Car To Police Station

by | 15th, August 2011

A MAN who walked into Stratford police station through an unlocked door and drove off in a marked police car has been ordered to receive psychiatric treatment.

Because he made it look too easy? Because he only had provisional licence? Because he forgot to tun on the blues and twos?

A judge said ‘you couldn’t make it up’ after hearing of Timothy Clapham’s night-time escapade during which he drove the police car at up to 95mph before returning it.

Yeah. He brought it back.

At Warwick Crown Court, Clapham admits to burgling the police station in the early hours of January 28 and aggravated vehicle taking. The 42-year-old of Pittaway Avenue, Shipston, also admitted driving the car while uninsured and while holding only a provisional licence.

And then it got better:

And at Coventry Crown Court, following the preparation of psychiatric reports on him, he was given a community sentence with two years supervision and a condition he receives mental health treatment for two years.

To recap: man steals police car from police station. Man drives police car. Man returns police car. Man gets sent to doctors.

The prelude to the caper puts the in lid on the police’s intelligence report:

Prosecutor John Butterfield said in the early hours the police had gone to a farm near Aston Cantlow because of a report of torchlight. Because he only had a provisional licence they could not let him get into his car to drive home.
So they took the car and Clapham back to Stratford police station and told him to make his way home and that he could collect the car when he had someone to accompany him.

Yeah. The police gave him a lift to the police station.

But after wandering around for a while, Clapham returned to the police station at 5.30am and found a rear door, which would normally require a code to enter, was open. Clapham took a set of keys and went outside where he pressed the fob to see which one it operated – and it opened a marked police Ford Focus. He put on a police helmet and drove out of the station but a legitimate police car was returning, and the officers were able to see him drive out.

This might well be the greatest story

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