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Essex man slams treatment from King’s Lynn police despite calling them an ‘idiot’ while in drunken state

A man claimed he was treated unfairly by police during a night out – despite describing one officer as a “f*cking idiot”.

Danny Morrow, 31, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, which he committed on June 11. Just before 2am on that date, he was at Norfolk Street in Lynn when he was noticed by two police officers patrolling the area.

Danny Morrow committed his offence at Norfolk Street in Lynn. Picture: Google Maps
Danny Morrow committed his offence at Norfolk Street in Lynn. Picture: Google Maps

Crown prosecutor Stephen Munton said that Morrow was shouting and swearing at the time, with the officers exiting their vehicle in order to talk to him.

They could smell alcohol on his breath and noted that he was making “uncontrolled movements”, struggling to buckle up his belt.

Morrow proceeded to call one officer a “f*cking idiot”, and he was arrested having been given multiple opportunities to “change his behaviour”.

Appearing unrepresented, Morrow, who lives at Millfield, High Ongar, Essex, told magistrates he had been on a night out in Lynn on the date of his offence and had just broken away from his group of friends.

He said he was walking back to the town’s Travelodge hotel, and added: “I know Lynn police quite well. They didn’t give me a second chance to walk off – they slapped the handcuffs on me and put me in the back of a police van.

“In Essex, they give you a second chance. Back at home, I would have been given a second chance to walk down the road.”

However, magistrates – led by John Hare – handed Morrow a £50 fine for his offence. He was also ordered to pay £50 in legal costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Mr Hare said: “I suppose you have got to play to your location. Bear that in mind if you every cone back to Lynn again.”

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