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Shouting and being abusive in Market Deeping supermarket

Police took more than two hours to go to a Market Deeping supermarket where a drunken man was shouting, being abusive and refusing to leave the store, a court has heard.

Andrew Plank, (47), of Black Prince Avenue, Market Deeping admitted being drunk and disorderly when he appeared before magistrates at Boston.

The court heard that Plank was seen in the Tesco store in Godsey Lane at around 9am on September 2, already drunk and being abusive and aggressive towards staff and customers.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, said staff rang the police at 10.40am and again 10 minutes later but were told no one was available.

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court

She said Plank was swearing at the manager and threatened him and customers who were nearby and refused to leave the store, although the manager was eventually able to escort him out and ban him from the store.

Eventually, at 12.43pm, two officers arrived from Bourne, seven miles away, by which time Plank had left the store and was near a children's play area, still muttering obscenities and he was arrested.

Plank, who was not represented and has 32 previous convictions including ones for assaulting the police and public order offences, told the magistrates he was on medication and said he 'should not have drunk so early in the morning'.

He told the court he had gone back to the store and apologised to the manager who had told him he could go back to the store in 12 weeks.

The magistrates told him he obviously had a problem with drink and fined him £80 and ordered him to pay an additional £117 in costs and charges.

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