A Newcastle University professor has been ordered to pay £28,000 compensation for scratching bizarre graffiti on cars parked near his home.
City and society expert Stephen Graham had taken a combination of alcohol and medication when he attacked 27 cars in the Jesmond area of Newcastle last August.
Judge Guy Whitburn at Newcastle Crown Court accepted his behaviour was totally out of character but said the compensation - which amounted effectively to the 48-year-old professor and his wife's total life savings - must be paid in full.
The judge suspended a nine month jail sentence for a year.
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This constituency is made up of parts of urban Middlesbrough combined with semi-rural villages.
The Middlesbrough by-election in 2012 saw UKIP beat the Liberal Democrats into second place, though the seat remained firmly Labour.
The Jarrow constituency has been Labour since 1935, when it was by the campaigning MP Ellen Wilkinson.