Woman was drunk

A WOMAN who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a street claimed an attack on her left her with alcohol problems.

Police were called to Marlborough Street, in Hartlepool, where Harriet Bown had been shouting and swearing in the street.

Officers found 42-year-old Bown inside a house and she agreed to go with them to her home address, in Rydal Street.

But Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that upon leaving the house, Bown became aggressive again and she was arrested and charged with being drunk and disorderly.

Bown admitted the offence, which took place around 11.15pm on April 4.

Stuart Haywood, mitigating, said Bown had been subjected to an assault last year and had to live with the consequences of that and added: “She does have a difficulty with alcohol.”

Magistrates fined Bown £35 and ordered her to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.