Mum caught drunk in charge of children makes a promise

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SOMERCOTES mum caught drunk in charge of two children has promised it will never happen again.

Social workers tipped off police on September 9 and officers went to her home but she was not there, Chesterfield magistrates heard.

Katie Spriggs, prosecuting, said the 31-year-old single mum was later found to be at the home of a friend in Somercotes.

She walked out of the address with two young children and almost fell over. She then hurled abuse at officers and, after letting herself out of a police van, she was handcuffed.

A struggle ended in her kicking out at police. She was taken to a police station and her children were taken to their grandparents.

The woman cannot be named because magistrates 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.

The justices imposed a six-month probation supervision order, with £85 costs.

“She has signed a contract with social services that she will not drink while the children are present,” said her solicitor John Wilford.