Daredevil don avoids jail for railway property damage

Dr Bradley Garrett

Dr Bradley Garrett

First published in News

AN Oxford University academic who once climbed London’s Shard for his PhD has avoided jail for damaging railway property.

Dr Bradley Garrett, a researcher at the school of geography, joined a group of self-styled “place hackers” who explored off-limits corners of towns and cities.

Dr Garrett, who lives in Jericho, first hit the headlines in 2011 after climbing up the Shard to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks.

He told the Oxford Mail in 2012: “All of my work is about uncovering the hidden. But the urban exploration project proved that hidden places don’t have to be in a distant land.”

But in August 2012 he was arrested by British transport police, who also raided his Clapham home. He was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage during exploration of disused London Underground tunnels and railway stations.

On Wednesday Dr Garrett, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage to railway property. He was given a three-year discharge and ordered to pay £2,000 costs. The damage included removing a wing nut from a door and removing a board and replacing it again.

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8:41am Sat 24 May 14

cheese&beans says...

Looks like a right n*b, just the sort you would love to slap.
Looks like a right n*b, just the sort you would love to slap. cheese&beans
  • Score: 1

9:56am Sat 24 May 14

Madi50n says...

Nab? Neb? Nib? Nob? Or Nub?

Or possibly did you mean Knob?
Nab? Neb? Nib? Nob? Or Nub? Or possibly did you mean Knob? Madi50n
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Sat 24 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

In the good old days, people like this would probably have been moved to the old Littlemore Mental Hospital - whereas today, they are more likely to live their by desire, in what is usually know as St George's Park, Mandelbrote Drive or various other posh estate agent slang.
In the good old days, people like this would probably have been moved to the old Littlemore Mental Hospital - whereas today, they are more likely to live their by desire, in what is usually know as St George's Park, Mandelbrote Drive or various other posh estate agent slang. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Sun 25 May 14

tinsel84 says...

How is removing a wing nut criminal damage?
How is removing a wing nut criminal damage? tinsel84
  • Score: 4

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