Drunk abused hospital staff

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A drunken patient acted like a yob at a hospital’s casualty department and shouted at a nurse: “Get your knickers off.”

James Whitmore upset staff and other patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s accident and emergency unit by making threats and swearing.

After being arrested at the hospital and then being released from the police station, Whitmore was causing trouble in the street the next day and had to be arrested again.

Whitemore, 41, of Marine Parade, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour, being drunk and disorderly and breaching a conditional discharge imposed for a previous offence of being drunk and disorderly.

Presiding magistrate, Peter Trend, told him: “The police should not have to go to a hospital and deal with you when you are drunk.”

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where staff complained about Whitmore using unacceptable language and making threats on September 18 at 5am .

Whitmore was asleep in a bay of the minor injuries unit and staff confirmed he was medically fit to be discharged. When a nurse tried to rouse him he made rude remarks and shouted “I’ll rip your head off.”

He was arrested and later released. On September 19 at 9.10am, Whitmore was arrested again after police heard him shouting threats and swearing in Lytham Road, before making gestures at an officer.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said at the time of the offences his client was homeless, living on the streets and drinking. He could not remember what happened at the hospital, but apologised for his behaviour.

Since then he had returned to live with his parents and got help from alcohol specialists who hoped to get him into a detoxification unit for six months.

Whitmore was fined £80 and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.