Breach of curfew

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SLEEPING through police knocking on his door landed a man in court for being in breach of a curfew order.

Gerrard Thomas Pickard, 40, of New Pasture Lane, Bridlington, appeared from custody before Bridlington magistrates last Wednesday after being arrested earlier that day.

David Cammies, prosecuting, said Pickard had been given a doorstep curfew order as part of bail conditions in relation to offences of assault, theft and criminal damage.

On July 2 police visited his house and knocked on the door for five minutes at 11.55pm.

“Pickard did not present himself, therefore his in breach of his bail conditions,” said Mr Cammies.

For Pickard, Vicky Lancaster said he was carer to someone at the same address who had MS and had problems with people knocking on the door at all hours.

“He had been sleeping badly and had taken some sleeping pills. Neither he nor anyone else in the house heard the police knocking,” she said.

“There is a room at the front of the house that he could move into so he is nearer to the door and could hear better.”

Magistrate David Smith said: “Just this one time we are going to readmit you to your doorstep curfew bail requirement.

“If you come back again before another bench the same story will not wash.”