‘Traumatised’ undertaker abused police

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A former undertaker was abusive to ambulance personnel and police during a spate of drunken incidents in Blackpool town centre.

William McPherson was said to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after being involved in the funeral business for 22 years.

McPherson, 49, of Church Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to four offences of being drunk and disorderly.

He was fined £110 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said on four occasions between June 18 and 30 McPherson was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the town centre.

McPherson had threatened an ambulance crew who tried to treat him on Topping Street.

On other occasions McPherson threatened to harm himself with a piece of glass, pushed over bins, walked into a road busy with traffic, punched walls and was abusive to police.

Peter Cave, defending, said his client suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.


He had had to deal with many upsetting cases during his career involving accident and burns victims.

After 22 years he left his job in the funeral business as he could not take it any more.

Mr Cave added that McPherson had an extreme alcohol problem.

He was now getting help from specialists and was applying for an in-patient place at a rehabilitation centre.