Woman, 50, drunk at police station

A WOMAN was arrested for being drunk and disorderly inside a police station.

Elizabeth Clare Stoker had been drinking when she went to Hartlepool Police Station to give her boyfriend some cigarettes.

But when officers refused her request she started shouting and swearing at them.

The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly when she appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecuting, Graeme Richardson said: “Whilst in the waiting area she was screaming and shouting loudly and police tried to usher her away. She was drunk and she kept swearing at officers and continued in that manner.

“She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.”

Mitigating, John Relton said the offence took place due to a culmination of events in Stoker’s life which led to her drinking to excess, and that “everything that could be going wrong in her life seems to be going wrong”.

He added: “The offence happened because her boyfriend had been remanded in custody and she took down some cigarettes for him. When the officers refused to give him them she lost herself and couldn’t understand why they were being unco-operative with her.

“She’s very sorry for what happened and is ashamed that she’s here today.”

Chairman of the magistrates bench John Jenkins sentenced Stoker, of Milton Road, Hartlepool, to a 12-month conditional discharge.