City centre pub pee lands man in court

THEN AND NOW'The Old Dog Inn, Church Street.
THEN AND NOW'The Old Dog Inn, Church Street.
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A man who urinated against a city centre pub in front of shocked children and shoppers in broad daylight has apologised publicly in court.

Jason Rawlinson, of Hayling Place, Ingol, Preston, looked sheepish as he pleaded guilty to breaching a byelaw by committing an indecent act during a short court hearing.

When confronted by police the 44-year-old said he was “desperate to go” but was banned from the Bus Station, which had the nearest conveniences.

Prosecuting at Preston Magistrates’ Court, Malcolm Isherwood said: “The time is significant. It was 5.05pm when officers on duty in Preston city centre saw this defendant urinating against the Old Dog Inn on Church Street.

“They went over to him, gave their details and told him he was going to be reported.

“ There were a large number of the public around at that time, including children, and the police officers were able to see people were quite disgusted by what they saw. People were averting their eyes.

“He said he was desperate, but he couldn’t go to the bus station as he was banned.”

Representing himself Rawlinson said: “I apologise for that day.

“I had far too much to drink and I am trying to get help for my drinking.

“I can go in the bus station now.

He added: “I apologise to the passers by - I did try to cover myself up but if anyone saw anything I apologise for that.”

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and must pay a £15 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal court charge.

Urinating in public is a breach of a byelaw in Preston. In 2008 the city council highlighted “peeing” in a campaign against anti social behaviour.