Man jailed for stealing bus

A man from Nottinghamshire has been jailed for four months for stealing a bus. Police tracked him down by following his footprints in the snow.

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"Taking the bus home took on a whole new meaning"

A man has been jailed for four months for stealing a bus after a night out in Nottinghamshire in March.

PC Emma Ashton says,

“Taking the bus home took on a whole new meaning for this individual. Instead of walking or getting a taxi home after his night out he put his own life, and that of others on the road, in danger.

“It had been snowing heavily that evening and, on attending the scene, officers noticed there were footprints leading from the bus to an address in New Hucknall Waye.

“In a great piece of old-fashioned detective work they followed them, found Dowdall there and were able to make an arrest.

– PC Emma Ashton

Man jailed for stealing bus after police track footprints in the snow

A stagecoach bus Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man from Nottinghamshire has been jailed for four months for stealing a bus.

29-year-old Scott Dowdall took a Stagecoach bus from a depot on Sutton Road after a night out in March. He then abandoned it and police were able to track him down - by following his footprints in the snow.

The bus was left blocking the road and the cab smelled of alcohol.

Dowdall pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, failing to provide a sample and driving while being disqualified.

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