Phone row led to man’s arrest

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A Scottish man was arrested after arguing with an Englishman about a lost mobile phone.

Paul Cleland, 40, of Clevedon Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said a man on The Strand argued with Cleland accusing him of stealing his phone on March 31 about midnight.

Police arrived and Cleland was aggressive with officers so he was put in a police van.

Police then found the missing phone on the floor.

As an officer went towards the van to tell Cleland it had been found, the defendant kicked the door which flew back hitting the officer on the shoulder.

Robert Castle, defending, said Cleland, who described himself as an alcoholic, apologised for his behaviour that night.