Grantham court: Grown men did not behave themselves

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Two men found themselves in court after refusing to abide by a direction from a police officer to leave an area.

Michael Bullimore of Canberra Crescent, Grantham, and Martin Wheatley of Tennyson Avenue, Grantham, both admitted a charge of failing to comply with a direction from a police constable.

Officers were called to an address in Uplands Drive, Grantham, following reports of a disturbance and found a woman turning plant pots over, a “trashed” garden and a broken window.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said both men smelt of alcohol and were abusive towards officers. They were each given a Section 27 Order compelling them to vacate the area for 48 hours but refused and were arrested.

Wheatley, 45, defending himself, said: “I came down well after all the trouble started. I was in my slippers, I was.”

The court heard both men had been subject to curfew orders by the police for more than a month as they awaited their court date - Bullimore between 7pm and 5am and Wheatley between 7pm and 2am.

Chair of Magistrates Madge Marshall-Brown told Bullimore: “It’s a shame when grown men cannot behave themselves, especially when a police officer tells them what to do.”

Bullimore, 43, was fined £55 and must pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge. Wheatley, 45, was fined £120 and must pay £85 in costs and a £20 surcharge.