Police called in after drunk falls asleep on bus

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A drunken man who fell asleep on a bus became aggressive with police when he was removed, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told former groundworker Michael Marshall (38) had to be restrained in front of a crowd of people who had gathered during the early evening trouble.

A member of the public had flagged down a patrol on Market Street, Colne, telling them the bus driver needed help.

Marshall had been found unresponsive and the officer had to call for assistance after the defendant got aggressive.

Marshall, of Park Road, Barnoldswick, admitted being drunk and disorderly and obstructing police, on May 11th.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and was told to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Daniel Frazer, defending, said Marshall was sorry to be in court and would like to apologise to the police and the bus driver.

The defendant did have an alcohol issue and was going to Inspire (the treatment service.) It was understood, if funding was available, he would be going into rehabilitation.

The solicitor continued: “He was a groundworker but because of this incident and because of his heavy drinking, he has lost his job. He can’t remember the incident. He can’t remember why he was on the bus and why he fell asleep.”