Drunken man leapt naked into icy sea
SHOCKED police saw a drunken man dancing around naked in freezing temperatures before diving into the icy sea.
Cornelius Lytollis whipped all his clothes off and scurried away to the beach, where he leapt into the water, Grimsby magistrates heard.
ASHAMED: Cornelius Lytollis outside Grimsby Magistrates' Court.
But when the water got to knee-height, he quickly staggered back to the amazed police officers, before hurling abuse at them.
Lytollis, 29, of St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes, admitted being drunk and disorderly on November 29.
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Dennis Aisthorpe, prosecuting, told Grimsby magistrates that police in Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, spotted Lytollis outside Willy's Wine Bar at 2.20am.
He seemed to be arguing with someone.
They stopped and reversed their van, but while they were doing this, Lytollis suddenly removed his top, threw it into the road and began to walk away from them.
Mr Aisthorpe said: "He was then seen to remove his trousers and a police officer said, 'Oi, put your clothes back on'. He refused."
"He took his shoes, socks and underwear off and began to run naked on to the Central Promenade, with the police giving chase.
"He slipped on some gravel, got up and ran on to the beach. He ran towards the sea and dived head-first into the water. The police told him to get out.
"The defendant, when he got to knee-high in the water, started to walk back towards the police officers.
"He put both arms in the air and raised both his middle fingers on his hands and shouted, 'Come on'."
Lytollis was handcuffed and continued shouting and swearing. He was taken to the police station and, on the way, banged his head on the inside of the police van.
He threatened police and was taken straight to a cell.
The court heard Lytollis had previous convictions.
Michael Culshaw, mitigating, said Lytollis later "shook his head in despair at his actions".
It was a "cold day" and the water was very cold, said Mr Culshaw.
Lytollis claimed he suffered injuries as a result of being arrested.
He was extremely ashamed of his antics, but was making progress on a community order.
He had been working until recently, but his job had just come to an end.
Lytollis was fined £175 and must pay £85 costs and a Government-imposed £15 victims' surcharge.