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Couple took baby on drink session

Mark Tyler and his wife Petra (image courtesy of Mansfield Chad)
The couple were drinking at a Mansfield pub

A couple who took their baby son on a seven-hour drinking session have been given a two-year community order.

Mark and Petra Tyler, 46 and 24, of Reindeer Street, Mansfield, were arrested in September after being refused entry to a pub.

The couple, who appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' Court, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to being drunk in charge of the four-month-old boy.

They were told if they reoffended they could expect to go to prison.

The couple were also ordered to pay 60 costs.

'Filthy bottle'

The earlier hearing was told the pair had planned to have a couple of drinks but "one thing led to another".

A landlord alerted CCTV operators who then called police when they saw the boy's buggy tipping from side to side.

The child was described by police as hungry and had a filthy bottle filled with sour milk in his pushchair.

Chairman of the bench, Paul Richardson, told the defendants: "In this case we would have sent both of you to prison for what we feel is an extremely serious offence, where a young child was placed in danger.

"We accept, however, that the effect of that sentence would be to punish you for a very short time that would have no long-term benefit in terms of stopping your offending."

Mr Richardson warned them they could "realistically expect" a custodial sentence if they breached it or committed further offences.

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