Teenager condemned over war memorial outrage

A drunken teenager was condemned by a district judge today for apparently urinating on a war memorial.

Brian Measor was seen by police standing over the cenotaph in Hartlepool town centre unfastening his belt and trousers.



Hartlepool Magistrates' Court heard that no one actually saw the 19-year-old urinate on the memorial in Victoria Road.



However, witnesses did see the defendant's friends try to pull up his trousers to stop him falling over after police had handcuffed him.



Measor had spent the evening of November 28 drinking in the town centre and later told police he had drunk five pints of lager, the court heard.



It was at 12.20am as a drunken Measor attempted to find a taxi to take him home that he claimed he felt unwell and unbuttoned his trousers to make himself feel better.



Prosecutor Lilian Atkinson told the court: "It was then he stood by the war memorial and members of the public could see that the defendant had urinated or was about to urinate.



"The police came and he attempted to walk away. He was handcuffed and one of his friends tried to pull up his trousers."



After Measor was arrested officers asked him whether he had urinated on the war memorial.



"He accepted he was drunk and disorderly but refuted that he was going to urinate on the war memorial," the prosecutor said.



Measor, of Wordsworth Avenue, Hartlepool, admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly.



The defendant, who was not represented in court, told District Judge Martin Walker: "I should not have been there. I should not have approached the war memorial."



Passing sentence, District Judge Martin Walker said: "It is a matter bound to cause feeling within the public regarding what happened because of where his behaviour was and where he urinated."



The district judge drew attention to the recent case of Sheffield student Philip Laing, who was charged with outraging public decency after being caught by a freelance photographer urinating on a war memorial during an organised drinking event.



He said Measor was charged with a less serious offence.



"It is bound to cause people to feel upset because memorials are for the dead, who have lost their lives in wars on behalf of the country," the district judge said.



But he added: "In this case I do not feel it necessary to impose a financial penalty."



Measor was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.



As he left court with his father, Measor refused to speak to reporters and would only say that he still maintained he had not urinated on the war memorial.

Travel
travel
News
Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014
peopleTim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
Sport
sportBesiktas 0 Arsenal 0: Champions League qualifying first-leg match ends in stalemate in Istanbul
News
Jamie and Emily Pharro discovering their friend's prank
video
News
ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Sport
Manchester United are believed to have made a £15m bid for Marcos Rojo
sportWinger Nani returns to Lisbon for a season-long loan as part of deal
News
news
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
O'Toole as Cornelius Gallus in ‘Katherine of Alexandria’
filmSadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Life and Style
fashion
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment