Teen told to curb drinking

A DRUNKEN teenager walked into a stranger’s home while uninvited.

Christopher Prince, 18, has been ordered to curb his drinking habits after he appeared in court and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

Prosecuting at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, Lilian Atkinson said: “It was 10.50pm on March 16 when this defendant, while drunk, entered a house in Ivy Grove.

“The occupants didn’t know him and asked him to leave.

“He became abusive and was removed from the property.”

The court heard that police officers arrested Prince, who appeared in court in January for a similar offence, in nearby Lime Crescent after being abusive and offering to fight the officers.

Neil Taylor, mitigating, said: “This is a young man not highly-convicted though it would appear his drinking of alcohol has recently began to get him into trouble.

“He tells me he can’t remember what happened on the night in question.

“His choice of language brought him into court.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Peter Bowes told Prince, of Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool: “First I will give you some advice – stop drinking.

“Every time you drink you will get yourself into trouble and that will escalate, and as the problems escalate so will the severity of the punishment.”

He added: “You will be fined £35, and for the privilege of being stood there, have £85 costs to pay and a victim surcharge – that’s a total of £135 for being drunk and disorderly.”