Man swore at police officers

A boozy South Normanton man talked himself into trouble with police dealing with a complaint about noisy children.

Officers were called to Shiners Way in the village on October 29 to look into the problem and were met by Thomas Sharpe.

“As he recalls, the children were only playing a game of tig and weren’t doing anything wrong,” Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

“He accepts swearing at police when they arrived. He was under the influence of alcohol at the time.”

Sharpe, 52, of The Croft, admitted drunk and disorderly behaviour.

He had a previous convictions for theft and was locked up last year for breaching a suspended prison sentence.

Deputy District Judge Andrew Davison gave him a six-month conditional discharge after hearing he had kept out of trouble for a year. Sharpe must also pay £15 to a victims of crime fund.

Matt Evans defending Sharpe said: “He had been drinking at home. He met family friends and the children were playing. Police were called about them being noisy and he told police to leave.”