Passenger on Nottingham to Skegness train arrested at Boston after throwing deodorant bottle at girlfriend

TRAIN passengers travelling through Boston to Skegness were concerned violence would erupt when an argument broke out between a couple travelling on board, magistrates have been told.

Police received a call from a man using the service, on August 18, after Christopher Hopwood and his partner began shouting and swearing at one another and he threw a bottle of deodorant in her direction, said Marie Stace, prosecuting.

They spoke to Hopwood, 26, when the train stopped at Boston, and arrested him for causing alarm or distress with his threatening words and behaviour. He admitted the charge when he appeared before Boston magistrates on Wednesday, and also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a controlled drug of class B, after he produced a small wrap of herbal cannabis from his sock on the day of his arrest.

Ms Stace said he had not been before the court for some time.

Mitigating, Carrie Simson said Hopwood and his partner, who had travelled from Sheffield with their children, had been having a bad time in their relationship, and they had been hoping their trip to Skegness would solve some of their problems. The argument began because he became frustrated with his partner.

She added: “This really is somebody who has turned his life around in the last five years. He has not been in trouble. I don’t belive he will be before the court again.”

Magistrates gave Hopwood, of Grimsell Close, Sheffield, him a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.