Mum dials 999 for being thrown out of Havant pub she trashed

COURT Tina Canning
COURT Tina Canning
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A WOMAN who smashed a pub window with a bar stool was so drunk that when staff threw her out she called the police to complain.

Unemployed Tina Canning couldn’t remember why she had been made to leave The Heron pub in Havant so, feeling hard done by, she dialled 999 to report that she had been chucked out.

The 33-year-old had been drinking with her teenage daughter, Lauren, when she got into trouble.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the single mum was angry that a group of lads were trying to chat Lauren up so she threw a pint glass at a window.

When the window didn’t smash she picked up the stool and hurled that.

Prosecutor Christopher Wing said: ‘When asked about the phone call she made to the police she confirmed it was her mobile phone number but she doesn’t remember making that particular call.’

When she was shown the CCTV Canning swore and could not believe what she had done.

Asked how she felt about it she said: ‘I feel really embarrassed.’

Roderick James, defending, said: ‘By way of expressing her anger she throws a glass and then a stool at the window.

‘It’s obviously not a logical or remotely sensible response. She recognises that now.

‘Not long after she was ejected from the pub she calls the police complaining that she has been thrown out of the pub.

‘She didn’t realise at that stage the reason she had been thrown out was a genuine one and a good one.’

He added: ‘She is thoroughly ashamed of what she did that evening and recognises it was quite wrong.’

When police went to arrest Canning in March she was fighting with her daughter and the officers had to use CS gas to restrain her.

Canning, of Stockheath Road, Leigh Park, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and resisting arrest.

Mr James said she was determined to change her life and stop drinking.

Sentencing her, Recorder Llewellyn Sellick said: ‘The only way these changes are going to happen is if you sort out your drinking problem.’

She was given a one-month prison sentence suspended for a year and told to have six months of alcohol treatment.

‘It’s up to you,’ Recorder Sellick said.

‘Sort your alcohol problem out or you will be going to prison.’