A WREXHAM man's drunken behaviour turned a stroll past a pub into a "very expensive night."

Thomas Fowles, of Ernest Parry Road, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 26-year-old admitted offences of being drunk and disorderly in a public place, obstructing a police officer and assaulting an emergency worker.

Prosecutor James Ashton told the court that on February 10, the police were called to Town Hill in Wrexham after Fowles had been refused entry to the Ironworks due to his clothing.

He was wearing his work gear; boots and high vis.


Officers tried to get him to move on, but Fowles shouted and swore - then took his phone out and filmed the police.

He put the device close to the face of one of the officers and after being give ample opportunity to leave, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

As the police moved him to a van, Fowles tried to pull away and had to be taken to the floor.

Whilst being put into the van, he kicked out at one of the officers, striking them on the waist.

The defendant was interviewed afterwards, and was "very blunt" in admitting he'd been out of order.

He claimed he'd been going to see a friend DJ'ing at the Ironworks.

After viewing CCTV footage of the incident, David Matthews, defending, told the court: "It seems to me like someone trying to get into the back of the vehicle as opposed to a deliberate kick.

"It certainly was very brief contact and no injury was caused to the officer.

"But clearly, because he had his boots on, it is regarded as a weapon.

"This young man was on his way home work as a bricklaying apprentice. It was a Friday night.

"He'd been a house party for a friend's birthday and was walking home from it, having had too much to drink.

"As he was passing the Ironworks, he realised his friend was the DJ and thought it was a good idea to pop in... dressed in his dirty working gear.

The Leader:

"He's very sorry and obviously made bad choices that night."

Kimberly Caruana, Chair of the Magistrates, told Fowles: "The court takes a very dim view on assaults against emergency workers."

Fowles received fines of £533 for assault, £106 for obstructing police and £106 for being drunk and disorderly.

He must also pay a £298 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

"That's a very expensive night on the town isn't it?" Ms Caruana asked him.

"We don't want to see you here again."