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Community order for Dayle Smith who caused traffic chaos after climbing gantry on M1 and A41 at Watford
A man who caused an hour long traffic jam on the M1 and A41 at Watford by climbing onto the gantry is to be given help for his bi-polar condition.
Dayle Smith, 25, was wrestled down from the gantry in Elton Way after an hour by the police, who used Pava incapacitant spray to subdue him.
Prosecutor Nigel Ogborne told St Albans Crown Court on Friday (October 11): "It was a large, prolonged nuisance to the public. Two public highways were closed between 7pm and 8pm on Thursday, April 18.
"There was a large amount of congestion. Fourteen police officers were involved and it wasted a lot of police time."
On his way to the police station an officer asked Smith if he would have jumped. He replied: "No."
He was arrested again on June 28 when £12,000 worth of cigarettes was found at his home. They had been taken in a raid on the Co-op in Hemel Hempstead on June 24.
A text message to his girlfriend was found on his phone. It read: "Do 100 for 20 to 25 cos they are sold for 30 to 40 in the shop."
Mr Ogborne said that was interpreted as him telling her to sell the cigarettes for £20 to £25 for 100.
Smith, of Bingham Way, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance and handling stolen goods.
Daniel Hart, defending, said Smith suffers from mental health problems and suffers from bipolar disorder. On the day he climbed onto the bridge it was only a month since his uncle had taken his own life. He said he had been particularly close to his uncle, who also suffered from the same disorder.
He said Smith was remorseful for his behaviour that day.
Recorder James Crabtree sentenced him to a 12-month community order with an electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am for the next three months. He must attend a probation programme to help him deal with his problems.
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