Pensioner locked up in row over fare

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A pensioner who caused a fracas when he could not pay a taxi fare told police to lock him up – and got his wish.

Richard Leecy, 66, of Kilmory Place, Bispham, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £40 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to Caunce Street where Leecy was drunk in the back of a taxi and had not paid the £2.60 fare on January 8 about 4.40pm.

Officers tried to negotiate with Leecy, but he became aggressive clenching his fists and taking up a fighting stance.

Leecy told magistrates: “I was going to pay the taxi man, but I did not have enough money.

“I get stressed out sometimes.”

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