A DRUNK man who was seen hassling a female outside of a pub has been fined for being drunk and disorderly.

Police were on duty in Whitehaven town centre in the early hours of September 10 when their attention was drawn to Owen Clarke, 28, who was outside the Joe Bananas pub.

Pamela Fee, prosecuting at Workington Magistrates’ Court, said the defendant kept hassling a female. She was able to handle him and he eventually left her be.

Clarke had then gone back to the female and a member of the public had pushed him back from her and extended their arm to maintain distance between them.

The defendant slapped the member of the public’s hand back. Police then got involved. The officer could smell intoxicants on Clarke and he was slurring his words.

Clarke was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. He was then taken home by police and de-arrested.

The defendant, of High Lea, Egremont, did not attend the hearing to enter a plea to being drunk and disorderly but the case was proved in his absence.

He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £88 victim surcharge.