‘Body’ beside the A1 was drunk hitch-hiker

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POLICE who were called to reports of a body at the side of the A1 found a man who was drunk and incapable.

Anthony Copfield, 48, admitted the charge.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said: “An officer was asked to attend the A1 at Lobthorpe to a report of a body on the side of the road.

“As he was on his way he received a radio report to say the body of a male was seen to be moving.”

When the officer arrived at the scene he found Copfield standing by the road.

He was drunk and unable to stand, slumped on to the verge.

After attempting to talk to him the officer decided to take him to Grantham police station.

Defending himself, Copfield said he was sorry for the trouble he had caused.

He said he was on bail at the time, in April this year, but a police officer had told him he could go to his mother’s address in Newark.

Copfield was in Grantham when the officer called him to say he had made a mistake and he would need to stay in Cambridge, so Copfield was attempting to hitch-hike back when he was found.

Copfield, who is serving a prison sentence, was sentenced to one-day detention, which was deemed served.