Drunk blamed Cherie Blair for cash shortage

A DRUNK told Weston court he has no money due to cuts in social security caused by holidays for the Prime Minister's wife. Derek Caiger

A DRUNK told Weston court he has no money due to cuts in social security caused by holidays for the Prime Minister's wife.Derek Caiger, a self-confessed alcoholic, made the outrageous claim after telling magistrates he had been called a 'wop', a racist term, by police in Weston.The defendant, of Locking Road, pleaded guilty to charges of being drunk and disorderly and drunk and incapable in a public place at North Somerset Courthouse.Caiger, who represented himself in court, said: "I lived in Great Yarmouth for 20 odd years and I found the police there to be quite respectable. "Here I get called a wop."He informed magistrates he had only come out of prison on May 1 and that he was having difficulty arranging his benefits.Magistrates' bench chairman, Ian Hoddell, said: "What are you living off?"The defendant replied: "What I can scrounge off my mates. There are no social security benefits as they have been cut so Cherie Blair can have another holiday."Michael Hartnell, prosecuting, told magistrates police were called to Alexandra Parade at 5.50pm on May 1, where they found the 58-year-old lying on the pavement.He said: "He was helped to his feet by police but was incapable of either standing or walking."On May 3, when police on patrol in the Winter Gardens saw Caiger, he swore at the officers and struck out at them."He was told to go home but spat at one officer who by then had had enough and arrested him and took him to the police station."Caiger was fined a total of £35 for both offences and ordered to pay £120 in costs.


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