Fined for disorder on the Old Bridge

A Spittal man has been fined for his part in bringing traffic to a standstill on Berwick's Old Bridge.

Saturday, 13th January 2018, 06:54 am
Berwick-upon-Tweed Magistrates' Court.

Brian Morton, 26, of Eastcliffe, had a guilty plea entered in his absence at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Magistrates heard that the incident happened on December 19.

James Long, prosecuting, said: “PC Turner was travelling across the Old Bridge with a colleague and they came across stationary traffic.

“The defendant and another man appeared to be walking directly down the narrow road.”

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Police officers approached the pair but the defendant became argumentative and continued to shout and swear.

“He was moved back on to the pavement but wandered back on to the road so was arrested for being drunk and disorderly,” said Mr Long.

Ian O’Rourke, in defence, expressed surprise that the matter had come to court rather than being dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice.

“Although Mr Morton accepts he was drunk and disorderly, he was arrested for criminal damage and taken to Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend,” said Mr O’Rourke. “He was interviewed the following morning once he had sobered up and released under investigation. They were both then told there would be no further action and then this charge came.”

Magistrates ordered the defendant to pay a £20 fine, £40 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.