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A father who was so drunk he was ‘staggering and dribbling’ while in charge of a toddler in a public place has avoided jail.
Worse-for-wear Luke Rippingale, 40, was seen clutching a pint at a bowling alley while the two-year-old girl was left crying on the floor and wearing no nappy.
He was arrested after concerned staff contacted police. Checks revealed he had been refused entry at a pub because he was so drunk.
The MOT garage owner admitted being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven at a previous hearing where prosecutor Nicola Lamb told magistrates: ‘He was staggering around and dribbling and he had left the child on the floor. He beckoned the child to him but she refused to leave and was upset.
‘The manager was so concerned that they called the police, who took both him and the child into custody.’
Worse-for-wear Luke Rippingale, 40, (pictured) was seen clutching a pint at a bowling alley while the two-year-old girl was left crying on the floor and wearing no nappy
Rippingale, a father-of-two, had been drinking with a friend in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on August 20 and was heading home to Ely in Cambridgeshire when he decided to continue boozing while waiting for a connecting train in Norwich.
Norwich Magistrates Court heard he was refused entry to the Queen of Iceni pub and ended up at the city’s Hollywood Bowl.
‘Very foolishly, he had not waited at the train station,’ Ms Lamb added.
‘He was clearly under the influence at the time when he should have been looking after the child. There is absolutely nothing more