Booze order breach lands man in court

A BREACH of Boston town centre’s Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) left a Boston man facing magistrates last week.

Thomas Roberts, of Cotton Road, refused to leave Wide Bargate after the open bottle of cider he had been drinking was confiscated by police on May 11, and became aggressive when they insisted he should do what they say, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the 21-year-old had been sent off the waltzers and seemed to be under the influence of alcohol. When officers asked him to give up his bottle and leave the area, as they are allowed to do under the DPPO, he became aggressive, and demanded financial recompense for the drink.

The incident came just days after he had been charged with using threatening words to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The prosecution said on May 5 he had been among a group of people fighting on the waltzers at the fair. Mr Clare said as the officers tried to get to the heart of the fight, Roberts started to shout and swear at one of them, and at one point grabbed his body armour. Police described him as being ‘in drink’ at the time.

He pleaded guilty to both offences.

Andrew Goldsborough, defending, said Roberts had issues with alcohol and had now sought help for his problems.

Magistrates gave him two 12-month conditional discharges to run concurrently. He also has to pay £85 costs.