Wrong place and time

FACING his third drunk and disorderly offence in just over a year, a man told magistrates he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

At last Wednesday’s Bridlington court hearing, presiding magistrate Robin Sunley told Stuart Selby: “It is unfortunate you feel you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but this is the third offence in just over a year, all of them involved with drinking. The matter is in your hands.”

Selby, who pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, was fined £165 plus £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge and given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Jayne Wilson, prosecuting, said at 11.40pm on March 12, Selby, 36, of Milner Road, Bridlington, was stopped and searched by police on Esplanade.

“He was clearly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet. He became abusive and obstructive to the officers conducting the search and walked off towards Regent Terrace with his son.

“The police drove off but then encountered him in the middle of the road, refusing to move to let them pass. His son was trying to persuade him to move when police approached him again and Selby again became abusive.” said Mrs Wilson.

He was arrested and taken to Bridlington Police Station.

Selby, who was not represented in court, told magistrates: “I was two minutes away from getting into a taxi but did not have enough money to pay for the fare and was going to a cash machine.

“I always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police said it was a drugs search. There were other people in front and behind me but it always seems to be me.”