Woman admits being drunk in charge of children

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A SOMERCOTES woman has appeared in court after police found her drunk in charge of two children.

Officers went to her home on September 9 following a tip-off - but she was not there, Chesterfield magistrates were told on Monday.

Further information led them to an address in a different street in the village, and the woman fell over after leaving the property.

David Horne, prosecuting, said she was with two children aged under eight. She smelled strongly of drink.

“She was abusive towards police and she had to be forced into the rear of a police van,” added Mr Horne.

The 31-year-old single mother cannot be named because the Bench imposed a reporting restriction preventing identification of the children.

She admitted being drunk in charge of a child – her third conviction for this offence in eight years.

Sentence was adjourned until October 24 for Probation Service reports.

Her solicitor, John Wilford, said she had been having problems with her estranged husband, adding: “She was depressed and she drank more than she should have done.

“She has had to sign a contract with social services to say this behaviour will stop.”