Man, 70, fined for being drunk and disorderly at King’s Lynn music festival

Festival Too 2014 on the Saturday evening - The packed Tuesday Market Place as Scouting for Girls perform ANL-140713-191847009
Festival Too 2014 on the Saturday evening - The packed Tuesday Market Place as Scouting for Girls perform ANL-140713-191847009
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A 70-year-old man has admitted being drunk and disorderly in the centre of Lynn after being arrested during the town’s Festival Too last month.

Patrick Cronin, of Horsley’s Court, Lynn, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before the town’s magistrates yesterday.

The court heard the incident happened on July 10, during the penultimate evening of the free music festival in the Tuesday Market Place.

Alison Catterell, prosecuting, said security staff working on the perimeter of the square had received several reports that Cronin had been dancing in an inappropriate manner close to women.

A police officer approached Cronin, who refused to give his name and swore at her.

Mrs Catterell said the officer had initially intended to issue a notice ordering Cronin to leave the area.

But she did not do so after he moved closer to her and she noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath.

After declining to give his name for a third time, he then walked away from the officer and was detained shortly afterwards.

Cronin, who often struggled to hear what was being said during the proceedings and represented himself in the hearing, said little in mitigation.

He was fined £120 and ordered to pay a £150 criminal courts charge, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.