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Court told of trouble at Snettisham pub's fireworks event

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A Snettisham man ended up being arrested on his first visit to the village’s Queen Victoria pub.

Mark Farrell, 41, had gone with family members for a fireworks event.

King's Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that police were called following a disturbance just a few minutes into November 7.

Queen Victoria - Snettisham. (54416298)
Queen Victoria - Snettisham. (54416298)

Officers found Farrell outside and acting aggressively, noting that he may have been assaulted, prosecutor Lesla Small said.

“His demeanour remained very aggressive and shouting and swearing,” added Miss Small. “Officers tried to calm him down.

“Because he continued to make threats of violence towards officers and members of the public in the area, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

“He had to be physically restrained because he kept trying to go towards other people.”

Farrell, of Parkside, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in public.

In mitigation, he said it had been his first visit to the pub as his family were fairly new to the area.

He said a row had broken out and he suffered damage to his teeth during an assault – a matter, he told the court, that was the subject of an ongoing police investigation.

“I can’t say I wasn’t acting out of order [when police arrived],” Farrell added.

The bench said they could only deal with the offence before them and fined the defendant £100 and ordered him to pay £34 victim surcharge.

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