Man issued a ‘torrent of abuse’ at police

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A drunk who caused trouble twice in a fortnight in the middle of the street had turned to alcohol after losing his mother, a court heard.

Burnley Magistrates’ Court was told James Edward Lawson (30) struck both times in Nelson, where he lives, and on the second occasion he unleashed a “torrent of abuse” at the police.

On September 14th, at 10-30pm in Derby Street, he “seems to have taken a dislike to police officers” when they went to speak to him, said Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting).

She said: “There was a lot of swearing. He was arrested and taken to the police station.”

Mrs Mann said at 11pm on September 27th, Lawson was seemingly asleep on the pavement near the police station at Nelson.

He was very drunk and muttering swear words, described as a torrent of abuse, as police tried to get him off the floor.

The defendant, of Derby Street, admitted two counts of being drunk and disorderly.

Lawson, who is on employment support allowance, was fined £40, with £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Lawson, who was not represented by a solicitor, told the hearing: “My mum passed away.

“I just thought I would find the answer at the bottom of a bottle.”

He added: “I have referred myself to Inspire (the alcohol treatment service). I think it’s getting a bit of a problem and I need to sort it really.”