Noisy drinker detained in Old Market Square after reports of man 'walking in and out of traffic'

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A noisy drinker told magistrates today (Thursday, October 26) that he is getting the better of an alcohol problem.

Michael Harris was detained in the Old Market Square after being heard "shouting out loudly" at 7.15pm on October 10.

He admitted being drunk and disorderly. A £40 fine, £85 prosecution costs and a £30 government tax were imposed on Harris, of Previn Gardens, Nottingham.

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Harris, 33, told the city court: "I have had more trouble with alcohol but I am getting help now. For the last two weeks, I have cut it down loads. Yeah, I have had trouble with alcohol."

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said police were initially sent to Castle Boulevard where there were reports of a "male walking in and out of traffic causing some issues." Later they spoke to Harris.

"He was told he would be arrested for being drunk and disorderly. He walked off shouting out loudly," said Mr Pietryka.

Soon after, a community protection officer saw Harris who was "abusive and swearing" in Castle Gate. At this point, he was arrested, added Mr Pietryka.

Harris is currently on probation for an earlier offence and had been due to attend a course to improve his "thinking skills."

The report said this could be withdrawn and added: "Mr Harris is alcohol dependent and would not be able to undertake that programme.

"He was trying his best but due to being alcohol dependent it is difficult for him." The court bill will be taken out of the benefits