‘Vacant’ Wilpshire man (47) in court for abusing police

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A Wilpshire man has pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and obstructing a police officer who was concerned for his wellbeing.

A police officer saw Graham Marsh of Fairways Court sitting outside Clitheroe railway station at midnight in the pouring rain and stopped to make a welfare check.

He was doing nothing wrong and nothing to warrant any police intervention

Aftab Bakhat, defending

Mr Marsh (47), who was described as having a vacant look on his face, immediately became aggresive and threatening towards the officer.

Mr Marsh pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and obstructing a police officer. He was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £150 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Marsh had launched a tirade of abuse at the officer who was concerned about his well being. He said his name was Sinn Fein and that the IRA killed people like the officer. When the officer went to arrest him, Marsh started flailing his arms around and two other officers arrived to help handcuff him.

Aftab Bakhat, defending, said the arrival of the officer had been the catalyst for his client’s behaviour.

“He was doing nothing wrong and nothing to warrant any police intervention,” said Mr Bakhat. “He didn’t have to disclose any information because he had done nothing wrong.”