Drunk man caused disturbance at Ipswich world music event

Man admits being drunk and disorderly

Man admits being drunk and disorderly - Credit: PA

An Ipswich man has been fined after causing a drunken disturbance at a world music festival in Christchurch Park.

Mark Newman, of Cromer Road, pleaded guilty when he appeared before the town’s magistrates to being drunk and disorderly on July 9.

The 54-year-old was at the Global Rhythm event when police were alerted shortly before 8pm.

One of the people working at the park heard over his radio other staff were trying to remove a man, which turned out to be Newman, from the venue.

Prosecutor David Bryant said Newman was reported to have been constantly swearing and aggressive.

The worker who responded to the radio call recognised Newman and took him to the ground until police arrived, the court heard.

Newman continued to be abusive.

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Mr Bryant said a large number of people were present, including children who were at the community event.

Newman had been seen earlier in the day drinking cider. He was unsteady on his feet and slurring his words.

Magistrates were told when Newman sobered up after being taken to Martlesham police investigation centre he apologised profusely for his behaviour.

He had a previous conviction for being drunk and disorderly in February.

Mr Bryant said Newman told officers he wanted to seek medical assistance for his alcohol misuse.

Newman, representing himself, said: “I don’t remember struggling and swearing. I don’t drink in public places anymore. I have just got to change my ways. I’m sorry.”

Newman was fined £80 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.