Man grappled with woman

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A quantity surveyor who was seen grappling with a woman in the street was arrested for his ninth offence of being drunk and disorderly.

Ian Hurst claimed that the woman he was seen with had stolen his wallet containing more than £60 and he was trying to get it back.

Hurst, 48, of Preston Road, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on September 9 about 3am police saw Hurst grappling with a woman in Dickson Road, repeatedly yelling at her. At first he refused to let go of her arm for police before he then started shouting at passersby and kicked out at a man.

At the time of the offence he was on a supervision order for being drunk and disorderly.

Court heard he has now gone back to Alcoholics Anonymous.