A court in England has heard how a drunk got himself into trouble after mistaking a female police officer for a stripper.
27-yr-old Paul Harbord was in a pub with his friends after an all day drinking session when the police officer walked in to investigate their ‘rowdy’ behaviour.
One of his friends had told him to expect ‘entertainment’ – and Harbord thought the WPC was a stripper dressed in a police outfit.
Harbord shouted: “Look, here is one of the strippers and began to dance in front of her and whipped her with a bar towel”, a court was told.
He soon realised his mistake when the officer arrested him, but he still refused to believe she was not a stripper until they arrived at a police station.
He admitted obstructing a police officer and was given a six-month conditional discharge.
He was also told to pay £85 and a £15 victim surcharge at Peterlee Magistrates Court.
Jaxon Taylor, mitigating, said: “The defendant and a large group of friends were celebrating together. Some were dressed in pyjamas, some in Christmas jumpers.
“They consumed a quantity of alcohol throughout the day. A number of the party became rowdy.
“One of the defendant’s friends had suggested some entertainment had been booked for later.
“When a lone female police officer attended he waved a beer towel from the bar in her face.
“He honestly didn’t believe it was a police officer until he got to the police station. He was quite embarrassed by the whole situation.
“His friends have had a good laugh at him but he realises how serious it is. It was an honest and genuine mistake.”
Harbord, a rigger, made his mishap as he drank with his mates in the Black Bull, in Old Shotton, County Durham, on December 29.
Vicky Wilson, prosecuting, said: “He was part of a large group dressed up. At 9.30pm a female police officer arrived at the pub, following concerns that the group was rowdy.
“Harbord shouted ‘look, here is one of the strippers’ as he flicked a bar towel in the officers face.”
Chairman of the bench David Carr described it as an “unfortunate affair”.