Six month booze ban for reveller

A MAN arrested for three counts of being drunk and disorderly within three months has been slapped with a booze banning order by magistrates.

Andrew Crannage was hit with the order by Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court preventing him from drinking alcohol in a public place or from entering any licensed premises – including supermarkets – between 6pm and 6am for six months.

The punishment came about after justices heard that 32-year-old Crannage had been arrested by police for being drunk and disorderly for the third time since August.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told the court about his latest offence and said: “It was 1am when police were called to a disturbance in Church Street where people were about to fight.

“When police arrived this defendant, along with another man, were being ushered up the street by door staff and was being aggressive.

“He was warned by officers and told to leave the area, but he continued with this behaviour and continued to shout and swear.

“He refused having handcuffs applied so was taken to the ground and then transported to the police station.”

She added: “He was taken straight to the cells as he continued to threaten officers.”

Mrs Hesse said Crannage had been sentenced for two matters of being drunk and disorderly in August, and had a caution on his record for a similar matter from 2004.

Crannage, of Harwich Grove, off Seaton Lane, in Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the most recent drunk and disorderly charge on October 12.

He represented himself in court and told the bench that he disagreed with the prosecution outline of any bouncers being present.

“There were no door staff to march me up the street,” he said. “I was splitting up a fight, that’s how I got arrested, but I accept I was drunk and disorderly.”

He denied having an underlying drink problem when questioned by chairman of the bench Keith Gorton, who said: “We as a bench are concerned about the pattern that’s emerging and we don’t want this pattern to continue in the future.”

Mr Gorton sentenced Crannage to the six-month drink banning order, fined him £65, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.