Swearing arrests would ‘wipe out street’

POLICE would “wipe out” a street if they started arresting people for swearing, a solicitor told a court.

John Relton was speaking about an incident in Derwent Street, Hartlepool, that saw his client, Terri Lee Brogden, arrested for committing a breach of the peace.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told that police were called to a “domestic disturbance” at Brogden’s mum’s home and the 19-year-old became aggressive and swore at officers.

Mr Relton said: “I have heard there were other people behaving badly and it just so happens she’s the one that’s swore at police.

“If they’re arresting people for swearing that would wipe out most of Derwent Street.”

Brogden, of Tankerville Street, Hartlepool, admitted committing a breach of the peace on January 12 and was bound over to the sum of £50.

Joanne Hesse, prosecuting, said: “It was 12.35am and police were called to a domestic disturbance at the defendant’s mother’s address.

“She had left the address but returned and was shouting and swearing and being aggressive. There were several other people in the address who were drunk.”