A HOYLAKE man has been fined and ordered to pay compensation after admitting defacing an alley wall and the pavement outside a private residence with graffiti.

Christopher Robert Pickering, of Lake Place, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage and one public order offence by using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Wirral Magistrates Court heard that on or around August 7 this year, Pickering, without lawful excuse, damaged a gable end wall to the value of £236.75 belonging to a business on Market Street.

He was similarly charged for having on the same day damaged pavement belonging to Wirral Council outside a private address in Hadfield Avenue to the value of £263.68, intending to destroy such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.

The public order offence Pickering also pleaded guilty to was intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly conduct, causing that person or another harassment, alarm or distress.

Magistrates fined Pickering £120 and ordered him to pay compensation of £500.

He was also ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £34 and to pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A collection order was issued by the court.