Ignored exclusion zone ban

A TOPLESS reveller ordered to leave a drinking hotspot where trouble had flared was arrested going back to the area just half an hour later.

Paul Brackstone had been out drinking when a fracas erupted in The Princess Helena pub, in Whitby Street, Hartlepool, around 2.30am.

Police were told of the disturbance and when they got to the scene the 23-year-old was standing outside with his shirt off and was shouting and pointing at people stood in the doorway of the pub.

Officers ordered Brackstone to leave the area and not to return within 24 hours.

But at 3am he was seen walking in the direction of Mainsforth Terrace – which was within the boundary he was banned from – and was arrested.

Prosecuting, Graeme Richardson told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “He was told to leave the area and was given a map of the exclusion zone. Half-an-hour later though he was seen walking towards Mainsforth Terrace which was inside that exclusion zone.”

Brackstone, of Tower Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a direction to leave on August 7.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “His only failure is that he didn’t leave the area promptly enough. He is very sorry.”

Chairman of the magistrates bench John Jenkins sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge.