Man (37) was drunk and disorderly

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Police arrested a man with mental health problems when he was drunk and swearing outside a hotel in the early hours of the morning.

John Clare, prosecuting, said a police officer spotted “a lad” coming out of the Deeping Stage Hotel, in Market Deeping, and Richard Vernalls threatened to “have him” because he had been winding him up all night.

Vernalls was angry and aggressive and the officer told him to calm down and stop swearing. At that point he used a four letter word to the officer when there were members of the public nearby.

Vernalls (37), of Princess Grove, Market deeping, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and admitted the offence put him in breach of a 16-week suspended prison sentence.

Magistrates on Thursday decided not to activate the sentence after his solicitor, Beris Brickles, said he now has appointments with a community psychiatric nurse and will have better care in the community than he would in prison.

But the court added two months to the order’s operational period, which means he must stay out of trouble for 20 months rather than 18.

Vernalls was conditionally discharged for ten months for being drunk and disorderly and must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.