Criminal proceedings against four people following a street fight in Louth may be dropped because police failed to charge them in time.
Appearing at Skegness Magistrates Court facing allegations of threatening, abusive or insulting words, were Michael Cole, 37, of Northway in Marshchapel, Carl Chappell, 27, and Chantel Moses, 27, both of Jubilee Crescent in Louth, and Aaron McCallum, 28, of Long Eaton in Nottingham.
Nick Todd, prosecuting, said the allegations arose following a street fight in Keddington Crescent in Louth on September 1 last year.
He said that the four should have been charged with the offence within six months, and that it appeared this had not happened in this case.
He told magistrates it was likely that proceedings would be discontinued, but he felt obliged to consult with the police before asking the court to withdraw the charges.
All the defendants, none of whom was asked to plead to the allegations, had their cases adjourned until May 6 but were excused attendance on that date.