Drunk after mother’s death

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man breached his Anti Social Behaviour Order for the third time when he was caught drinking in the street.

Gary Dykes said he had become depressed after his mother died in care home, was buried and he was not told until later.

Dykes, 56, of Carlyle Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a condition of his Asbo. He was sentenced to six months supervision with alcohol rehabilitation and ordered to pay £60 costs by D Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

On May 30 at 6.20pm police saw Dykes drinking from a bottle of Three Hammers cider in Abindgon Street. The judge told him: “You are no spring chicken any more. You have a chance, with help, to deal with your alcohol problem. I hope you take it.”

Mitch Sarangi, defending, told the judge: “He was not told his mum had passed away in a care home. She was buried before he knew of her death and that caused him a lot of trauma.”