‘I’m sorry’ said drunk who abused police

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A drunk lying on the pavement in Colne repeatedly verbally abused a police officer and then made a V-sign at a passing patrol car, a court heard.

Simon Wheatcroft (43) was warned to stop swearing but carried on being insulting. The officer had been flagged down by a member of the public at about 9pm, after Wheatcroft had been seen on Albert Road.

Wheatcroft, who lives in a guest house, has five previous convictions for drunken behaviour. The defendant, of Albert Road, admitted being drunk and disorderly, on January 11th. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Wheatcroft, who has not been in trouble since 2011, was not represented by a solicitor. He told the hearing: “I’m sorry for my actions.”