2. Peterlee magistrates’ court has been hearing the somewhat unfortunate case of Paul Harbord, a rigger, 28.
Harbord had spent all day drinking in the Black Bull in County Durham when a female police officer walked in. One of his friends had told him to expect “entertainment”, and he wrongly assumed she was a stripper. So he danced in front of her and waved a beer towel in her face, whereupon she promptly arrested him.
He still refused to believe she was a police officer until they got to the station.
He admitted to obstructing a police officer and was given a six-month conditional discharge. He was ordered to pay £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.