Drunken dad’s shame

Date published: 15 April 2014

A DRUNKEN Greenacres dad walked his shoeless, coatless five-year-old daughter around the streets late on Christmas night.

Craig Leigh of Spring Street was seen by witnesses stumbling along Rochdale Road, with his five-year-old daughter crying and shouting.

When Leigh (37) was stopped by police at 10.45pm, officers had to hold him to stop him falling. At Chadderton Police Station he assaulted an officer trying to remove the drawstring from his trousers.

Leigh, who pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a child and assaulting a constable at an earlier hearing, was sentenced by Oldham magistrates to a 12 month community order and ordered to complete 24 sessions of unpaid work. He must also pay £260 in costs and compensation.