Leave town or face arrest

Blackpool magistrates court
Blackpool magistrates court
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A MAN who failed to leave Lytham town centre when ordered to by police was arrested and spent the night in the cells.

James Austin, a jobless 26-year-old, of Cheviot Avenue, Lytham, admitted failing to comply with a police directive.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said two police officers saw Austin and another man arguing outside Henry’s Bar in Henry Street at about 10.30pm on March 4.

Austin was shouting and squared up to the other man, who claimed the defendant had spat at his girlfriend.

The officers issued a directive Austin should leave Lytham town centre within 30 minutes and not return for 12 hours to prevent further trouble.

Austin walked off saying he was going to find his cousin.

But 25 minutes after issuing the directive, police officers saw Austin in Pleasant Street and he shouted: “Is my time up?”

And 50 minutes after the police order was given officers saw Austin smoking outside the Station Tavern near to the train station and arrested him.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said Austin had been out with his cousin and after being issued with the directive, he went around pubs looking for him.

He eventually contacted his cousin who said he would collect him in a taxi.

The taxi drew up just as Austin was being arrested.

Austin had spent 15 hours in a cell and learnt a salutary lesson.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.