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Footprints lead police to vandal
A bungling vandal from Sussex was arrested for smashing a shop window after leaving his footprints leading from the scene to his front door.

Officers were led to 18-year-old William Devall by following the footprints to his nearby home in Meadow Road in Hailsham.

Appearing before Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Devall admitted two counts of criminal damage.

The case was adjourned until 30 June and Devall was released on bail.

'Incriminating trail'

Jane Moran, prosecuting, told the court how two alarms were activated on the Apex Industrial Estate in Hailsham shortly before midnight on 22 February this year.

Police arrived at the scene to find a window smashed at one premises while a concrete block had been hurled through the front door of a nearby pet shop.

Officers noticed footprints in the snow and used a trained police dog to try to follow the incriminating trail.

It led to Devall's family house in Meadow Road.

When challenged by police, Devall admitted breaking two windows and was arrested. A second man, aged 22, is due in court on 8 June in connection with the incident.

The court was told that Devall was facing a possible prison sentence for the criminal damage after breaking both a curfew order and a community rehabilitation order imposed for previous offences.

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