Woman handed ban from drinking in town

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman described by a judge as “a pain in Blackpool” has been banned from drinking in the resort.

Antonia Marshall was appearing on her 46th offence of being drunk and disorderly – with 19 of the offences taking place this year.

Marshall, 33, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and being in breach of a community order for 12 months supervision.

She was sentenced to a six months Drink Banning Order which prohibits her from drinking alcohol in a public place or any licensed premises in Blackpool.

Marshall was also put on six months supervision and fined £50 by District Judge Sam Goozee sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told her: “You are going out, getting drunk, being abusive and are essentially a pain in Blackpool.

“Your bad behaviour and foul language has escalated and needs to be controlled.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on July 23 at 4.10pm.

She said police found Marshall lying on a bench in the resort’s Central car park.

She was drunk and the area was busy with families.

Officers tried to move her on, but she refused and was abusive.

Peter Moran, prosecuting for the probation service, said after being inducted on April 16 Marshall had kept just three out of eight appointments she was offered.

She also missed appointments made for her for alcohol rehabilitation and it was the opinion of her probation officer she had shown little inclination to co-operate with her community order.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, told the judge: “She is in the grip of this horrible addiction to alcohol.

“I am told she committed most of her offences with six litres of strong cider down her.

“She says she has now cut down to one litre of cider a day. The community order was imposed on her recently.

“It is to try and help her and I would ask it stays in place.”