Drunk in charge of child almost dropped him court told

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A drunken woman in charge of a child almost dropped the little boy as she staggered about near Blackpool’s North Pier, a court was told.

Former fitness instructor Marcia Read was spotted lying on the ground near the pier with the three-year-old nearby.

Read, 40, pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a child.

She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on March 31, at about 8pm.

A witness saw Read lying on the ground.

She had a little boy with her and she then got up and sat on a bench.

But as a police officer approached Read fell to the ground again.

Read refused to stop for police and with the child in her arms walked across the road without looking, narrowly avoiding traffic, the court heard.

She then repeatedly refused to give the boy to the officer, tightening her grip on him.

Read went into a Promenade bar and put the child on the floor where he was found by a member of staff.

Read told police she had only had a couple of drinks over the past several years.

That day she had drunk half-a-bottle of vodka with lemonade and had nothing to eat.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client, of Jordan Street, Nuneaton, had been a fitness instructor with a good career in front of her.

She was now a recovering alcoholic.

Read was remorseful for what she had done, he told the court.