Parish councillor fined for late night bus row

Councillor Jim Proctor leaves Preston Magistrates Court
Councillor Jim Proctor leaves Preston Magistrates Court
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A PARISH councillor has been fined for throwing himself on the floor in a drunken rage during a late-night row over his bus fare.

Great Eccleston parish councillor William Proctor – known locally as Jim – admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly in a public place when he appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

He told the court he had been scattering a friend’s ashes and was in considerable pain from an arm condition when the driver refused to accept his bus pass on November 16.

And when police arrived, Proctor, 68, a member of the Neighbourhood Watch committee, became abusive and threw himself on the floor, making “strange noises”, the court heard.

The court heard how police were dealing with a collision at the Preston Bus Station at around 11.30pm, which was causing delays.

But when they were called to a nearby bus, they discovered Proctor standing in the doorway, shouting and demanding to be taken home.

One officer asked him to stop shouting, explaining the bus driver was not able to take him because of the delays but that alternative transport would be arranged.

But the councillor, of Raikes Road, Great Eccleston, started shouting in the officer’s face and threw himself on to his back, flailing his arms and legs around.

The crown prosecutor told the court: “Proctor continued making very strange noises and was shouting and screaming. He wasn’t prepared to be taken into custody.

“He was taken to the police station where he continued in the same way for quite a long time.”

Proctor explained to the court he was in pain and was on morphine and steroids for his condition.

He added: “I don’t recall much. I am very sorry. I think in the circumstances I know I shouldn’t have argued.

“It was the pain and my reaction to it. The bus driver wouldn’t accept my pass.”

Magistrates ordered the councillor to pay a £37 fine, £50 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.