Arrested for ignoring police order

AN attack victim was told by police to leave a drinking hotspot – but was arrested when he decided to wait for his girlfriend.

Kyle Barclay – who has never been in trouble with the law before – was spotted by police among a large group of men involved in a street row in Victoria Road, in Hartlepool.

The 21-year-old was heard shouting abuse and was issued with a direction to leave order – meaning he was not allowed to return to the area for 48 hours.

Just 35 minutes later, however, he was seen standing in Victoria Road and was arrested.

Prosecutor Samantha Morgan-Bayliss told Hartlepool Magistrates Court: “Officers on foot patrol in Hartlepool town centre saw an altercation between a large group of males in Victoria Road.

“Barclay was shouting abuse at those involved in the altercation and it was obvious that he was under the influence of alcohol.

“At 2.50am he was issued with a direction to leave notice to prevent any further alcohol-related disorder.

“However, at 3.25am he was seen by an officer to still be standing in Victoria Road and he was subsequently arrested.”

Barclay, of Beauly Grove, Hartlepool, represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the direction of a police officer on February 20.

When asked if he would like to say anything about what happened that night he said: “I had been assaulted at the time which is why I was being abusive and I got moved from the area.

“I was waiting for my girlfriend and that’s when police officers came back and took me to the police station.”

Justices sentenced him to a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 costs.