A DRUNKEN man who brandished a police baton in the street claimed he had received threats after appearing on TV’s Jeremy Kyle Show.
Preston Crown Court heard Philip Wilson was seen staggering into the road and was almost knocked down by a car.
He later told police he had brandished the weapon because he feared he was about to be attacked.
The 49-year-old, of Talbot Road, Blackpool was jailed for 28 days having admitted a charge of having an offensive weapon.
The incident happened at around 10pm on Sunday, December 9 last year.
Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, said a constable on mobile patrol on Talbot Road, near the junction with Elizabeth Street, saw Wilson waving an object in one hand. A vehicle had almost run him over when he staggered into the carriageway.
The officer left his vehicle to stop the defendant, who was very drunk.
When he was searched, the baton was found hidden in his clothing.
In police interview Wilson claimed after appearing on the Jeremy Kyle Show in March, he had received threats of violence and had armed himself for his own protection. Mr Gerrity added “He told officers he had brandished the weapon at the motorist as he believed he was about to be attacked.”
The court heard Wilson had appeared around 10 times in the past for having an offensive weapon.
Those had involved items including a machete, rounders bat, CS gas and a potato peeler.
Paul Robinson, defending, said Wilson had earlier been watching a football match at a pub and had been walking home when a car swerved towards him.
Mr Robinson added: “He feels a little paranoid as a result of the threats he says he has been receiving since his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.”
The defence said Wilson recognised he had a drink problem and had referred himself to alcohol and drugs services.
Judge Simon Newell told Wilson: “You have to come to the conclusion at some stage you cannot be carrying around offensive weapons, no matter how secure they make you feel.
“You are going to cause a lot of people to feel very insecure. It has got to stop. You need a warning shot across your bow.”