Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Laura HallA woman who was the first person to be banned from drinking alcohol in a public place anywhere in England and Wales has been fined for being drunk. Laura Hall, 20, admitted breaching the drinking banning order and being drunk and disorderly in a public place. Redditch Magistrates Court heard she was arrested holding a can of beer in Bromsgrove early on Sunday. Hall, of no fixed address, was fined £100, plus court costs of £85 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. She was arrested by West Mercia Police just after 0200 BST after she was seen sitting on a wall with friends and holding the beer can in Worcester Road, a designated alcohol-free zone. 'Considerable problem'Stephen Harris, prosecuting, said a police officer warned her not to drink any alcohol but she shouted, swore and said she wanted more beer from an off-licence.Katie Oliver, defending, said Hall had been drinking at a friend's house on Saturday night and admitted having the can of lager in her possession but denied drinking from it.She said Hall has a "difficult" relationship with her parents and a "considerable problem" with alcohol, adding: "She does not offend when she is not intoxicated."The ban, imposed by magistrates in Kidderminster last month, prohibited Hall from entering a pub, bar, club or off-licence for two years.She is also banned from buying alcohol in any public place across England and Wales. -BBC

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