‘Just like dad’ jibes sparked row at wake

Blackpool Magistrates
Blackpool Magistrates

A man was arrested after causing a row at the funeral wake of a friend in Fleetwood.

Jamie Buston was furious after some family members referred to him being just like his father who had recently been released after decades in prison for serious crimes.

Buston, 35, of Croft Court, The Croft, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £35 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police were called by the manager of the port’s Conservative Club on September 26, complaining that a man was causing problems at a funeral wake there.

Officers arrived to find Buston had left.

At 8.30pm Buston returned to the club. He was shouting and swearing at members of his family and claimed he had been assaulted.

Police gave him a lift home. Officers returned later to find Buston shirtless in the street, shouting and kicking over bins. He was given an on-the-spot fine, but failed to pay it.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client had been to the funeral of a good friend and while there he had been head-butted. When Buston spoke to the police about it he felt they were not interested.

The defence added that once he was at home some family members referred to Buston as being like his father, who had just been released from prison after several decades for serious crimes.