Drunken row outside pub

A WOMAN landed herself in court after being involved in a drunken argument outside a pub involving 15 people.

Police were called to an incident outside The Royal pub, in Church Street, Hartlepool, following reports of up to 15 men and women arguing.

Michaela Watt, 21, was spotted carrying a piece of wood and shouting at revellers.

She was arrested by police, but just weeks later was involved in another drunken incident in a Hartlepool bar.

The court heard she has now pledged to turn over new leaf and has made a new year’s resolution to drink less.

Prosecutor Alan Davison, speaking of the first incident, said: “Watt was present at this incident and appeared to be holding a piece of wood in her right hand and was shouting abuse.

“Officers tried to speak to her and led her away and she began to struggle to prevent herself from being restrained.

“She was clearly drunk at the time.”

Mr Davison said the second offence was at 10pm on Christmas Day at Diablo’s, in Victoria Road.

On this occasion she was arguing with door staff and police attended to escort her from the premises.

“She tried to pull away from them,” said Mr Davison. “Despite warning about her behaviour she was arrested.”

Watt, of Arkley Crescent, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to two counts of being drunk and disorderly, first on December 8 and then on December 25, both last year.

Mitigating, Barry Gray said his client had discussed the offences with her family and had decided to reduce her alcohol intake.

He said: “She’s made a new year’s resolution to cut back on alcohol.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Robert Darling sentenced her to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £200 costs.

He told her: “We see people in here absolutely rotten with drink and it would be best to stop that from happening.”