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Father and son's crimes followed drinking binge
A MAN drunkenly rode a bike while his father verbally abused police officers following a drinking binge.
Paul Dinsdale, dubbed ‘junior’, appeared in court alongside his father Paul Dinsdale senior after a night of heavy drinking in Worcester got out of hand.
The court was told how 23-year-old Dinsdale junior of Howard Road, Dines Green, Worcester, was reported to police for taking a pedal cycle during the incident at about 12.50am on Sunday, September 23.
Dinsdale admitted riding a pedal cycle under the influence of drink or drugs and taking the bike without the owner’s consent when he appeared before magistrates. Police arrived to find three men at the junction of Oldbury Road and Tudor Way, including both Dinsdales.
Matt Dodson, prosecuting, said: “It was noted they were both heavily intoxicated and slurring their words.”
A neighbour had spotted the younger Dinsdale cycling away but noticed he kept falling over.
Mr Dodson added: “They could see a male attempting to ride the bike and there were three or four people with him and they were all laughing. He kept cycling along and falling over because he was intoxicated.”
In interview Dinsdale junior said he had drunk about eight or nine pints of beer and had been with his father and another man and remembered little about the trip home or where the bike had come from.
His father, 50-year-old Paul Dinsdale, admitted being drunk and disorderly at the same hearing after he referred to two of the female police officers who attended as “bitches” and swore at them.
Mr Dodson said Dinsdale senior said: “Don’t tell them anything.” He also verbally abused a male officer and told him: “He was a hard man when he came around when me and the wife were having a domestic. I will knock his head off when I see him alone.”
Andy Child, defending both men, said of Dinsdale junior that he rode the bike because he had hurt his leg earlier that day.
He said: “He went out with his father and his friends and had too much to drink. The bike was held together by string. It was not something he had any long-term dishonest intent over.”
He was fined £50 for the riding under the influence of drink and £40 for taking it without the owner’s consent. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Mr Childs said of Dinsdale senior: “He made remarks that he now regrets. There was no actual violence. It was language he should not have used.”
He was fined £50 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.