Man ‘reeled drunkenly’ around resort hotel

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A man reeled drunkenly around a Blackpool hotel causing trouble after he got separated from a friend and could not get into his bedroom, a court heard.

Neil Morton then failed to turn up at court and was arrested after going into Blackburn police station to report the theft of his rucksack.

Unemployed Morton, 43, of Gleeve Street, Great Harwood, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and failing to answer bail.

He was fined £170 but a judge said the three days he had spent in the cells after being arrested would serve instead of paying that financial penalty.

Morton was ordered to pay £85 costs by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said police were called to the resort’s Metropole Hotel on November 12 where Morton was being loud and abusive in the public area.

He refused to quieten down and was arrested.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Morton was in the resort with a friend. They got separated and the friend had the hotel key. Morton caused a fracas after not being able to get into his room.

Morton failed to answer his bail and attend court, so a warrant for his arrest was issued.