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Prolific West Norfolk drunk and disorderly offender back before the courts again

A homeless man with more than 200 court appearances to his name has been back before magistrates in Lynn on six drunk and disorderly charges.

Several of the latest matters against Keith Bidwell between April and August this year were reported by concerned members of the public.

On August 20 he was shouting and swearing while slumped outside in Westgate, Hunstanton.

"That tends to be the theme," said prosecutor Denise Holland at Lynn Magistrates' Court. "He's had 204 appearances - most of those for drunk and disorderly."

She also detailed other disturbances involving Bidwell including Greyfriars Park at midday on August 23, Millfleet Court on April 12, Pilot Street on June 19, Norfolk Street the following day and Blackfriars Road on June 30.

Bidwell, 53, pleaded guilty to all of the offences.

He said he was trying to get help for his drinking and had engaged with the alcohol support provider CGL.

Bench chairman Paul Kidd told him: "You can't just keep going round doing this. In Hunstanton there are a lot of families with children. They don't want to see you being drunk and disorderly and using profanities.

"The bottom line is the only person who can make a change is you. You spend a lot of time, effort and money on getting drunk all the time."

Bidwell, who already has a "large" fines account, was fined £120 for the Hunstanton offence and ordered to pay £34 victim surcharge. There was no separate penalty for the other five matters.

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