Abusive drunk shocked stall holders with tirade in Chesterfield

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A foul-mouthed alcoholic has been urged to seek help after he launched a tirade of abuse in front of police, stall holders and children in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard this month how Daniel Parkes, 38, of no fixed abode, was causing problems for stall holders at Low Pavements and threw flowers and the contents of a bag at a police community support officer.

Prosecuting solicitor John Cooper said: “PCSO Adele Chapman-Jones was on duty in Low Pavements, Chesterfield, and saw Parkes sitting on a bench. He was very drunk and causing problems with stall holders.

“He swore at PCSO Chapman-Jones and he was told to pass over his alcohol which he did and swore at the officer asking why she had taken it.

“He then got up and reached for a carrier bag and threw the contents before picking up flowers and threw them at PCSO Chapman-Jones’s legs. There were people and children about who observed his behaviour. He was swearing at people and when a police constable also attended he also abused him.”

Parkes, who is now staying at Haven House, Mansfield, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place after the incident in April and pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody.

He also admitted committing the offence of being drunk and disorderly while he was already serving a conditional discharge for a previous offence of the same nature.

Defence solicitor David Gittins said: “This man is an alcoholic and drinks to excess and his behaviour is unacceptable. He has an horrendous background for similar matters. He is a long-term alcoholic. He has been referred to charity Adaction but these things don’t get solved overnight and these matters have to be resolved over a long time.”

Magistrates fined Parkes £110 and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 court charge and urged him to seek help.