Felixstowe woman’s night out to celebrate birthday ends in shame

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A Felixstowe woman’s birthday celebration ended up with her in court and feeling ashamed.

Simone Watters, of Graham Road, pleaded guilty at South East Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich to threatening behaviour and obstructing a police officer.

Watters committed the offences on April 24, just six days after her 36th birthday.

At the time she had been to a nightspot for a belated celebration with friends.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said police were beckoned by door staff at The Grand on Bent Hill, Felixstowe, at 2am.

Watters was shouting and swearing.

The court was told when she saw police she shouted out “here come the feds”.

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Mrs Harper said Watters had lost her belongings and had begun screaming.

An officer said he would go back into the club to find them. Watters tried to walk past his colleague towards door staff.

She was told to stay back as the other officer was dealing with things.

Watters was pushed back but continued to shout and swear at door staff.

A male and female, who were friends of Watters, came over to take her away.

Initially she appeared to leave.

However, magistrates heard within moments Watters returned.

At that stage she appeared to be more excitable.

Watters started pointing at one of the officers.

She then attempted to barge around him to get to his colleague.

The officer put his arms on Watters to keep her at arm’s length.

He tried to walk her away but the incident ended up with Watters being taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Mrs Harper said Watters tried to scratch the officers on the way to the police investigation centre after her arrest.

Watters, representing herself, said: “I’m ashamed. It was my birthday on the 18th. It was my birthday weekend with friends.

“I got really drunk. I can’t say anything more than I’m sorry.

“There’s no excuse for it. I’m sorry.”

After being told her behaviour was disgraceful, Watters was given a six-month conditional discharge.

Watters must also pay £85 costs and £20 to the victims’ fund.

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