Grantham court: Drinker swore at police on friend’s birthday

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A drinker was arrested by police after he swore at them on a night out for a friend’s birthday.

John Gareth Phillips, 29, of Oxford Street, Grantham, admitted being drunk in a public place on November 16.

Prosecutor Daniel Pietryka told the court that at 3am police asked Phillips and another man to move on after they were involved in an argument in Market Place and were abusive. They moved on but stayed in Market Place and were later asked to move again. Police saw that Phillips’ eyes were glazed and he was unsteady on his feet. He swore at them and was then arrested.

Phillips, who was not represented, told the court he did not normally go out and he had just come off medication for an injured hand. He had gone out that night to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Magistrates gave Phillips a conditional discharge for six months and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.