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Sunday, 01 February 2015

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Carlisle man ‘lost it’ in pub drink row

A 42-year-old man out celebrating a friend’s new baby verbally abused bar staff after they refused to serve him in a misunderstanding over Pubwatch.

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Paul Dodd

Paul Dodd, of Currock Park Avenue, Carlisle, was celebrating the birth of a friend's baby on April 13 in the city's Crown Lounge, on Botchergate, when the bar manager refused to serve him.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how Michelle Muir asked Dodd to leave and told him he would not be served a drink.

Prosecutor Pam Ward said Dodd told Ms Muir he wasn’t in the Pubwatch scheme – which circulates photos and details of convicted troublemakers – and “began to parade around with a pint he had got elsewhere”.

“He told her she wasn’t ‘taking [the pint] off him’,” said Mrs Ward.

He swore repeatedly and Ms Muir noticed a young family “looking terrified” as they ate nearby.

Dodd then swore at Ms Muir, and one of her colleagues, and “he lost it,” she said. “He continued to shout and swear,” she said. “Ms Muir felt he was intimidating to her and to the public.”

Dodd eventually calmed down and left.

Defence solicitor Anthony Wilson told the court the incident started because of a misunderstanding.

“The staff seemed to think he was on Pubwatch but he’s not,” he said. “He lost his temper. He would like to apologise to Miss Muir for the disgraceful language he used.”

Mr Wilson said Dodd was the sole carer for his elderly mother and stressed the incident had nothing to do with the football match involving Carlisle United that was being played against Preston North End on the same day.

“He was out celebrating his friend’s baby,” he said.

Magistrates fined Dodd £73 after he admitted using threatening words or behaviour. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Dodd apologised to the court for wasting the magistrates’ time.


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