Drunken soldier spent the night in a police cell

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A serving British Army soldier from Hutton Cranswick was arrested by police for being drunk in a public place, a court heard.

James Burke, 25, from Reynard Close, spent the night in a police cell after he was arrested outside the Utopia nightclub in Bridlington on the night of Sunday November 30.

Prosecuting, James Byatt told East Riding Magistrates that Burke had been sitting on a bench when he shouted a comment at a passing couple.

He said: “It was believed to be an antagonistic comment because the female had to pull the male away.

“The police intervened and Mr Burke was given the option of leaving the area, but he did not, so spent the night in the cells for his troubles.”

The court heard that Burke had served in the army for nine years and was currently based at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Defending, Emma Appleton said police had “perhaps gone slightly over the top” in the matter, which could have been dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice.

Chairman of the bench, Robin Sunley described the episode as “a sad state of affairs.” He handed Burke a six-month conditional discharge, and warned him not to commit any further offence.

The court heard Burke earns £32,000 a year. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.