Found drunk in phone box


An 18-year-old college student was arrested for her own safety after police found her drunk in a telephone box in Skegness town centre in the early hours of the morning, a court was told.

Hannah Janine Pritchard of Green Lane, Thorpe St Peter, admitted being drunk and disorderly when she appeared before the town’s magistrates.

The court was told that police went to the phone box outside the Embassy Centre at 2.45am on February 6 where they found Pritchard, who was drunk and in a distraught condition.

She was abusive and tried to run off, but because police were concerned for her safety they felt they couldn’t let her go, so she was arrested.

It was said that she struggled and had to have leg restraints put on.

Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said that Pritchard had had a difficult year which had come to a head on this night.

She said Pritchard had been to a friend’s house and had drunk five bottles of cider because she used alcohol as a crutch to help with her problems.

Ms Wilkes said Pritchard then went into Skegness and because she felt very low, she went into a phone box to phone a helpline and as a result the police were sent there, who were the last people she wanted to see and she reacted badly.

Last Tuesday, Pritchard was fined £75 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.