Vandal damages sports car
A vandal whose friends filmed him running over a Lamborghini was caught by police when the video footage was sent to the owner of the damaged vehicle.Businessman Neil Greentree saw the clip of Frankie Hulme, 23, causing more than £20,000 worth of damage to the yellow sports car in Dereham after a colleague received it in the pub by bluetooth-a service which transmits information to all mobile phones within a certain range.
A vandal whose friends filmed him running over a Lamborghini was caught by police when the video footage was sent to the owner of the damaged vehicle.
Businessman Neil Greentree saw the clip of Frankie Hulme, 23, causing more than £20,000 worth of damage to the yellow sports car in Dereham after a colleague received it in the pub by bluetooth-a service which transmits information to all mobile phones within a certain range.
Mr Greentree, 38, from Quebec Road, Dereham, said: "My friend had been in The Bull watching football, when everyone received this video.
"As he was watching it he realised the car this idiot was trampling over was mine. He told me not to get angry then sent it to me.
"Whoever had filmed it must have been in the pub that day. It's not the most intelligent thing to do."
Mr Greentree, who had not noticed the damage which had taken place a few days previously, went home to inspect his car and noticed a number of dents.
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He went to the police who, after closely examining the footage which had been filmed on a mobile phone and shows the vandal being urged on by friends, identified Hulme as the person responsible.
When he appeared in crown court at Norwich last month charged with criminal damage Hulme received 100 hours of unpaid work, a curfew order preventing him leaving the house between 8pm and 6am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the next four months, as well as being ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.
Meanwhile an anonymous person has posted the clip on various websites including You Tube, prompting such a strong response from viewers Mr Greentree has had to keep a log of how the car is faring.
He said: "When the clip was put on the web so many people were trying to find me to ask how the car was and whether the guy got caught. I've even had people I don't know coming up to me and asking me about it.
"So now I find it easiest just to keep people updated. There's not been one person that's found it funny. Everyone has said what an idiot the person was. He's made himself a laughing stock.
"I could have been really angry, but I'm fine. He's the one with the criminal record. His friends were clever enough to goad him into it and he was stupid enough to do it."