Brothers rampaged through resort centre

Walkabout , Queen St., Blackpool.
Walkabout , Queen St., Blackpool.
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Two brothers caused police problems when they ran wild in Blackpool town centre.

When police tried to usher Paul Hunter and Lee Hunter out of the centre they shouted swore and became aggressive.

Paul Hunter was foaming at the mouth and after headbutting the windscreen of a police vehicle he was pepper-sprayed. This appeared to enrage him and he spat in a police officer’s face.

Hunter, 29, and Lee Hunter, 21, were staying at the North Beach Apartments, The Promenade, Blackpool, at the time. Paul Hunter, of Shayfield Drive, Wythenshawe, Manchester, pleaded guilty to assault on police and threatening behaviour. He was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison by Blackpool magistrates.

Lee Hunter, of Whitsbury Avenue, Manchester, admitted threatening behaviour. He was put on a six weeks electronically tagged curfew from 8pm to 6am and ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police saw the brothers squaring up to doorstaff at the Walkabout bar on February 7 at 3.10am.

The brothers refused to leave the area and ran about wildly. A hostile crowd gathered as police tried to arrest them. The officers were then assisted by doorstaff from Walkabout. Paul Hunter was on a suspended prison sentence at the time, imposed for possessing heroin and handling stolen goods.

Peter Cave, defending, said the brothers had come to the resort to celebrate Paul’s birthday.

They had both drunk far too much and had little recollection of the night. Both apologised.