Police find ex-patient in empty hospital area

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An ex-patient who claimed he went to Burnley General Hospital for help ended up in a pantry smashing a microwave and a window, a court heard.

Paul Bradshaw (37) was arrested at midnight after being found in a disused area, known as the “old Ward Four area”, at the premises.

The town’s magistrates were told how Bradshaw, who was said to have been violent and aggressive after being detained, had a conviction for escaping from custody from 2001.

The defendant, of Brunshaw Avenue, Burnley, admitted damage to the tune of £100 on April 5th. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation and £40 costs.

Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said Bradshaw was found inside the pantry. The microwave and window had been damaged. He was arrested and kept in custody.

Mark Williams (defending) said the defendant had mental health issues. He had spent the best part of 60 hours in custody.

The solicitor described the case as “somewhat bizarre” adding: “He went up to the hospital, it would appear, looking for some sort of help.

“In the pantry he commented to the police ‘I’m not here to steal anything, I need help’. He has spent some time in hospital earlier this year.”