Soldier posed as colonel in station row

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A LOW-ranking serviceman pretended he was an Army colonel when he clashed with rail staff.

Deron Delroy Stapleton, 30, was on his way back to his barracks after a trip to Scotland.

He had been drinking on the train journey to Blackpool and could not find his ticket when he wanted to leave the platform area.

Stapleton, of Weeton Army Camp, Singleton Road, Weeton, admitted harassment causing alarm and distress.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard how he was aggressive to and swore at railway employees.

At one stage he told one of them: “I am a colonel – don’t you know who I am?”

In fact Stapleton was a corporal the court heard

Ashley Fisher, defending, said: “The following day he did return to the station and apologised. He felt great shame for what he did.”

Magistrates fined Stapleton £260 and ordered him to pay costs of £100.

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