Man goes on booze-fuelled tractor rampage through Yorkshire town

The road in Holmfirth on which Mr Robinson crashed the stolen tractor

A man destroyed a £7,500 car after going on the rampage on a tractor through the Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, a court was told.

According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 22-year-old Richard Adam Robinson, of Broadlands, Meltham, had been drinking and arguing with his girlfriend when he stole the agricultural vehicle on January 29.
Prosecutor Bashir Ahmed said Robinson had stolen the tractor from a barn on the outskirts of Holmfirth, then drove it to an off-licence in the town.

Robinson then left the shop and drove off again, before colliding with a wall and a telegraph pole and writing off a £7,500 Citroen.

He fled the scene, but was later arrested after struggling with officers. The Daily Examiner said the prosecution claimed Robinson refused to give a breath sample at the police station.

At Leeds Crown Court, he admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, damage, assaulting two police constables and failing to give a specimen. He was given an 11-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, plus 40 rehabilitation requirement days and a three-month electronic curfew from 8pm to 6am. He also received a two-year driving ban.

Mitigating, Michael Sisson-Pell said Robinson suffered from mental health issues:

"This defendant doesn't excuse his behaviour in any way. When given the opportunity he is a hard worker, but he accepts he has anger management issues and is very keen and anxious to identify the triggers that affect his mental health," he told the court.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said Robinson had caused considerable damage, but that he was giving him a chance to find out whether it was an isolated lapse.
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