Police spent £18,000 and sent 100 officers to stand off with one man who was mooning them

Police squandered more than £18,000 of taxpayers’ money to deal with a builder who pulled his pants down at them.

Christopher Foley, 51, mooned and taunted officers during a 45-hour standoff in Tredegar, South Wales.

More than 100 officers, armed police and a £3,000 drone were used in the operation to surround Foley, after he had scaled to the top of a derelict building.

Christopher Foley, 51, mooned and taunted officers during a 45-hour standoff in Tredegar, South Wales

Christopher Foley, 51, mooned and taunted officers during a 45-hour standoff in Tredegar, South Wales

Christopher Foley, 51, mooned and taunted officers during a 45-hour standoff in Tredegar, South Wales

Armed police arrived at the scene of the stand-off with Christopher Foley (pictured). The operation was branded a waste of police resources in court

Armed police arrived at the scene of the stand-off with Christopher Foley (pictured). The operation was branded a waste of police resources in court

Armed police arrived at the scene of the stand-off with Christopher Foley (pictured). The operation was branded a waste of police resources in court

Cardiff Crown Court heard that £18,000 and 900 hours of police time was wasted trying to apprehend Foley on June 5.

Prosecutor David Pugh said: ‘He climbed onto the roof of the building and took his trousers and pants down.

‘He mimed a sex act and there were whistles, cheers and jeering from bystanders.

‘At one point Foley shouted to police: ‘F*** off. If any of you c***s come up here, I’ll smash a brick over your head so hard you’ll be licking your own a***.’

The area in Tredegar, south Wales, where the stand-off took place. Foley was eventually arrested when he entered back into his home

The area in Tredegar, south Wales, where the stand-off took place. Foley was eventually arrested when he entered back into his home

The area in Tredegar, south Wales, where the stand-off took place. Foley was eventually arrested when he entered back into his home

Foley launched stones and bricks towards the officers, their cars and the drone flying overhead. 

Mr Pugh said: ‘The operation took between 700 and 900 hours of police time, with an average of 15 to 20 officers present at any one time.

Christopher Foley had a 'long history of dishonesty' and had 68 previous offences

Christopher Foley had a 'long history of dishonesty' and had 68 previous offences

Christopher Foley had a ‘long history of dishonesty’ and had 68 previous offences

‘110 officers were allocated during the 45-hour period at a cost of more than £18,000.’

Foley was finally arrested when he went into his own alongside the building.

He told officers he had been drinking beer and had taken 56 sleeping tablets and a box of Nurofen.  

Mr Pugh added: ‘He didn’t really remember much of the incident.’

Foley was jailed for six months after admitting affray, causing criminal damage and outraging public decency. 

Suzanne Payne, defending, said Foley felt ’embarrassed and ashamed’ by his behaviour during the incident in June.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Foley was wanted on recall for prison and had a ‘long history of dishonesty,’ with 68 previous offences.

Judge Tom Crowther QC told him: ‘This was a massive waste of police time.

‘Overall, you were more spectacle than threat, but at great cost to the public purse.’

Foley was jailed for six months after admitting affray, causing criminal damage and outraging public decency. Pictured: A police van near the scene of the stand-off

Foley was jailed for six months after admitting affray, causing criminal damage and outraging public decency. Pictured: A police van near the scene of the stand-off

Foley was jailed for six months after admitting affray, causing criminal damage and outraging public decency. Pictured: A police van near the scene of the stand-off

 

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