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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Mum was drunk in charge of baby on Carlisle's Botchergate

A mother in court for being drunk in charge of an eight-month-old baby was four times the legal drink-drive limit.

Kerry Louise Anderson, 33, was so drunk when she took the baby – which was in a pushchair – into a city centre pizza shop that staff alerted police because they were concerned at her condition.

Anderson, of Borland Avenue, Botcherby, Carlisle, admitted being drunk in charge of a child aged under seven when she appeared before North Cumbria magistrates.

The court heard how Anderson was in the city on the evening of July 7, having been shopping with her mother. When they parted Anderson, who had her eight-month-old child with her in a pushchair, went into Mario’s Pizza shop.

Jane Mackrill, prosecuting, said the assistant watched as Anderson walked up Botchergate and called police because she was worried that the woman was drunk, as she was swaying across the pavement.

Officers who approached Anderson found her unsteady on her feet. She was given a breath test for evidential purposes which showed she had 163mcgms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal driving limit is 35.

Geoff Lockerbie, defending, said that after leaving her mother she intended to go home but phoned her partner and found he was in a pub with some friends.

She was annoyed and, on meeting her friends, went to Woodrow Wilsons bar on Botchergate where she drank white wine and soda. She didn’t realise the effect this would have on her having been in the Appletree pub beforehand.

He told the court Anderson was “very sorry and contrite”.

Anderson, who the court heard was getting help for her problems, was fined £65 plus costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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