Corporal got drunk after tour

A CORPORAL has today been left red-faced after he was caught urinating in an Ipswich street on his first night out since returning from Afghanistan.Neil Harrison, 28, a corporal in the British Army, based at RAF Wattisham, was spotted by police looking very drunk and urinating by a lamppost near the army careers office in Silent Street.

A CORPORAL has today been left red-faced after he was caught urinating in an Ipswich street on his first night out since returning from Afghanistan.

Neil Harrison, 28, a corporal in the British Army, based at RAF Wattisham, was spotted by police looking very drunk and urinating by a lamppost near the army careers office in Silent Street at 1.20am on March 24.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Harrison was told by police to stop but he failed to do.

As he was too drunk, officers could not give him a fixed penalty notice so they arrested him. While in a cell at Ipswich police station, he tried to force a pillow down the toilet for no apparent reason, magistrates were told.

He admitted to disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, harm or distress and criminal damage and was slapped with a £100 fine by magistrates.

Mitigating, Claire Hullock said Harrison had just been promoted and had served seven years in the British Army. He had returned to the UK after a four-month stint in Afghanistan on Friday, March 21, and went out for a few drinks in town on Easter Sunday, March 23, to bars including Yates and the Old Rep.

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She said: “He went out for an evening in Ipswich because the bar at Wattisham was closed due to staff shortages. Officers do not drink when they are on duty so he had not had any alcohol for four months. This was the first drink he had since getting back.

“He has a poor recollection of events. This has been a great source of embarrassment and he has had the 'mickey' taken by his colleagues and senior officers about his behaviour.

“He is extremely embarrassed and regrets what happened. This was very out of character. He is an exemplary soldier and has served his country well.”

She added that he will face further disciplinary procedures through the army.

Magistrates gave him a fine of £100, and he was also ordered to pay £60 for prosecution costs, £15 for a victim surcharge and £30 compensation to Suffolk Police for the damaged pillow.

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