Drunk on petrol station forecourt

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A DRUNKEN man shouted abuse and threatened customers in a South Elmsall petrol station.

Aden Bedford, 24, from Doncaster, swore at members of the public while on the forecourt of the Jet garage, Doncaster Road, before hurling abuse at police officers who attended the scene on Thursday, November 10,

Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard last Wednesday that Bedford was warned about his language and behaviour several times by the officers but he failed to listen and was arrested.

Bedford pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and also to failing to surrender to bail in relation to the offence on Monday, November 21.

Robert Howard, mitigating for Bedford, said: “These types of cases are usually dealt with by police by way of fixed penalty. I have no idea why this one wasn’t.

“He lives with his parents and receives no benefits - he was only released from prison earlier in November and it takes a while to get them sorted so he is living off the charity of his parents.

“He found it difficult to get from Doncaster to Pontefract for his bail because he is absolutely penniless. He has had previous mental health issues and has spent several hours in custody.”

Bedford was remanded in custody until 7pm that evening for failing to surrender to bail.

He received no separate penalty for the drunk and disorderly charge.