Traveller tried to disrupt procession

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A travellers’ funeral held in Poulton, to which people had travelled from all over to attend, was disrupted by a drunken traveller from Poland.

Maciek Konieczny repeatedly stood in the middle of the road forcing the cortège and its followers to swerve round him, a court was told.

Konieczny, 43, whose address was given as the travellers’ site, Fairfield Road, Poulton, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

The court proceedings were relayed to him in Polish by an interpreter.

He was fined £50 with £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said time he had spent in the cells since Monday evening would serve instead of the financial penalties.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a traveller’s funeral procession was going down Hardhorn Road, Poulton on July 21 at 7.15pm.

Konieczny was walking down the middle of the road trying to get vehicles to stop.

Police asked him to move but he continued walking in the middle of the road, forcing officers to pull him off it.

He returned again to the middle of the road.

The prosecutor said: “At this point the funeral cortège was passing and drivers were having to swerve to avoid him.

“People were clearly unhappy with his behaviour.

“He kept returning to the road trying to stop vehicles and was arrested.”

Peter Manning, defending, told magistrates his client said he had been drinking cider given to him by fellow travellers and he had no recollection of the events.

He apologised for his behaviour.