‘Pleasant drunk’ was lying in road

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Police found a man lying in the middle of Talbot Road on New Year’s Eve.

Gerald Laidlaw was carried to the pavement by officers and he then became aggressive.

Laidlaw, 46, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was fined £70 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge but could not pay immediately so Blackpool magistrates said he must remain in the confines of the court until 4pm instead of the financial penalties.

Philip Potter, prosecuting, said Laidlaw was found lying in Talbot Road on December 31 at 5.45pm.

After being moved and an ambulance called Laidlaw started shouting randomly.

He was arrested after being aggressive with officers.

Allan Cobain, defending, said: “He finds it impossible to believe he was aggressive.

“He is not normally that way - he could be described as a pleasant drunk.”

New Year was a sad time for Laidlaw as it was when his sister died and he had probably drunk too much.

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