A train passenger refused to take his feet off a seat and swore at the conductor.
Lee Gaffney, aged 24, of Salisbury Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour.
He was fined £70 with £35 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said on May 23 at 9.40am a conductor on the train from Blackpool South station to Preston saw Gaffney with his feet on a seat. He was asked to take then off and did so, but moments later he did it again. The conductor again asked him to remove them, but Gaffney refused, swore and said: “Can’t you see I’m on the phone.”
Gaffney was ejected from the train at the Squires Gate station. He stared at the conductor on the train and said: “The next time I see you I’m going to batter you.”
Gaffney told magistrates the conductor seemed aggravated and argumentative from the start. He said he put his feet up by instinct. He had apologised to the conductor and did not swear at him. He had to be in Crewe for his daughter’s birthday, but the guard refused to let him travel.