Newly single man too drunk

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A MAN who had recently split up with his girlfriend ended up in court after getting drunk on a night out.

Andrew Close was out in Hartlepool town centre when he came to the attention of police.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told by prosecuting Vicky Williams that the 30-year-old had been thrown out of The Showroom pub, in Victoria Road, and was arguing with bouncers when police approached him.

She said: “He became abusive to officers and was shouting and swearing in the street.

“He was slurring his words, was unsteady on his feet and officers believed he was drunk. He was arrested.”

Close, of Stanhope Avenue, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on March 17.

When asked if he would like to explain his actions he said: “I’d split up with my girlfriend and I was really drunk. I can’t actually handle my drink to be honest and I can’t really remember much at all.

“I don’t think I got thrown out of The Showroom, the police just saw me outside and saw I was too drunk. I’m not going to argue about it though.”

Chairman of the bench Monica Arthur fined him £45, ordered him to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.