Drunk man ‘stopped traffic’ on King’s Lynn road, court told

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A man admitted his 14th offence this year after being found drunk in a busy Lynn road.

Keith Bidwell, 47, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a single charge of being drunk in a public place when he appeared before the town’s magistrates on Tuesday.

Fergus Howard, prosecuting, told the court police were called to North Street at around 2.15pm on Monday, following reports that Bidwell was walking in the road and preventing vehicles from passing.

An officer at the scene described him as being “very unsteady” on his feet before he was arrested and taken to the Saddlebow investigation centre.

The court was told that the case was Bidwell’s 14th conviction so far this year.

Most of the offences related to the consumption of alcohol and the court heard that Bidwell was “no stranger” to the Lynn court.

In mitigation, the bench heard that, while Bidwell has been of no fixed abode for almost a year, he is hopeful of being rehoused soon.

His main point of contact is the Purfleet Trust building in St Anns Fort, close to the road where he was detained.

Magistrates declined to impose a fine and instead sentenced Bidwell to the time he had already spent in custody following his arrest.