A DRUNKEN man was abusive towards staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital including the consultant who was treating him.

Blackburn magistrates heard Christopher Costello was drinking from a can of cider when police arrived at A&E.

Costello, 57, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly. He was fined £40 with £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the police were called because Costello was being aggressive towards staff.

"The officers tried to engage with him but he was abusive and making threatening comments," said Miss Allan. "He refused to heed warnings and made threats to 'bang' the officers out."

Laura Heywood, defending, said her client had been diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder.

"He finds it difficult to control his emotions at times," said Miss Heywood.

"He realises he shouldn't have been shouting and swearing and apologises to the court."