Court orders town pub ban

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A man with mental health problems has been banned from drinking in Market Deeping’s town centre pubs.

Richard Vernalls was arrested for using offensive language in Market Place with members of the public present.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police were called by Vernalls, saying he “felt out of control and may hurt somebody”.

Vernalls (37), of Princess Grove, Market Deeping, was already subject to a suspended prison sentence and a conditional discharge when he admitted the public order offence.

Spalding magistrates today (Thursday) added a 12-month pub ban to the order at the suggestion of solicitor Andrew Goldsborough and imposed an 18-month conditional discharge. Vernalls must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Goldsborough said Vernalls had been using drink as a “coping mechanism for his mental health problems”.