Grantham court: Man vows to rejoin Army after drunken antics cost him his job

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A worker told Grantham magistrates he had lost his job after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the centre of Grantham.

Mathew Alan Michael King, 21, of Victoria Street, Grantham, told magistrates on Monday that he was going to rejoin the Army.

He pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in town on December 7.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told the court that police officers were called to St Peter’s Hill after they were informed that two males were trying to pick a fight with members of the public.

King was unsteady on his feet when the officers saw him and he was swearing profusely. He was being held up by another man and the officers smelled drink on him.

King, who was not represented, told the court that the officers suddenly came out of nowhere and he was arrested.

He said: “It was a works do. Me and my mate were just messing about and we walked to St Peter’s Hill to get a taxi.

“I was using bad language towards my friend. It’s not something I go around doing normally.

“I am rejoining the Army and I didn’t want to cause any trouble.”

King added: “I have lost my job because of this, because I was out representing my workplace.”

He was fined £55 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.