A DRUNKEN man was arrested after failing to comply with a dispersal order in Hereford.

Lee Almond admitted one count of being drunk and disorderly when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police received a report of a man causing problems in Hereford's Union Street at 1.30am on September 9, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

CCTV of the area showed an intoxicated Almond, who police believed had been causing problems at The Kerry earlier that night, was in the area.

Officers attended and spoke to the 36-year-old, warning him to stop swearing, telling him to go home, and offering him a lift.

Almond continued to use abusive language and behave in a disorderly manner, officers requested a Section 35 dispersal order, which was granted and given to Almond.

But he was arrested after making threats, including threatening to knock anyone who followed him out and pretending to throw a punch at another person, and had to be restrained as he refused to get in to the police van.


Speaking on his own behalf, Almond said he could not remember much about the incident as he had been fairly intoxicated.

"Since then I have stopped drinking," he said.

Almond, who is of Church Walk in Ribbleton, Preston, was fined £123 for the offence and must pay prosecution costs of £139 and a £49 victim surcharge.

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