Public-drinking ban woman back in court
A woman who became the first person to be banned from drinking alcohol in a public place anywhere in England and Wales was back in court yesterday after police saw her sitting on a wall with a can of lager.
Laura Hall (20) was arrested by officers in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in the early hours of Sunday morning. At Redditch Magistrates' Court she pleaded guilty to breaching the drinking banning order and admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
The ban, imposed last month, prohibited Hall from entering a pub, bar, club or off-licence for two years.
The drinking banning order also bans Hall from buying alcohol in any public place across England and Wales.
Stephen Harris, prosecuting, told the court Hall was "shouting and swearing in the street" when police saw her with a group of friends in Worcester Road, a designated alcohol-free zone, at 2.15am.
He said a police officer warned her not to drink any alcohol but she shouted: "I want to go to the f****** offie (off licence) and get some beer."
Katie Oliver, defending, said Hall had been drinking at a friend's house on Saturday night and admitted having the can of lager in her possession but denied drinking from it.
Lyn Jones, chair of the bench, ordered Hall, of no fixed abode, to pay a fine of £100 (€116), plus court costs of £85 (€99).