Homeless man sent to prison for throwing bicycle at Portsmouth police station

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HOMELESS shoplifter Gary Brushwood has been sent to prison for stealing food and throwing a bicycle at a police station.

The 45-year-old appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to criminal damage and using threatening behaviour on May 5 and a separate shoplifting charge on May 17.

The court heard Brushwood threw the bike at the police station’s canteen window, in Portsmouth, before shouting: ‘I will do you all’.

A few weeks later, he took three items from a Co-op, put them into his fluorescent jacket and cycled off.

Brushwood, an alcoholic, became homeless following his home being set alight.

He was sent to prison for 42 days for the public order offence and the criminal damage and a further 28 days for the theft, and he must pay £150 in court costs.