Homeless man found lying drunk in doorway of Rhyl bank spends night in cells

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Suzanne Jordan

A 48-YEAR-old man found lying drunk in the doorway of the HSBC bank in Rhyl town centre spent a night in police cells.

He was "extremely drunk and refused to leave the area," prosecutor Julia Galston told a weekend court.

John Ackerley pleaded guilty to loitering in a public area in a state of intoxication at 8.25pm on Friday.

His solicitor Alex Fitzgerald said Ackerley was a homeless alcoholic who had been staying in a night shelter at Rhyl. "He had not been nasty to the police officers," he pointed out.

He was ordered by magistrates at Llandudno to pay £165 in a fine and costs but this was deemed served because of his night in the cells. 

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