POLICE responded to a man refusing to leave the grounds of Royal Blackburn Hospital after threatening staff with a glass bottle.

Blackburn magistrates heard officers had to use force to remove Paul Bradshaw but he returned swearing at the officers.

Bradshaw, 41, of the Salvation Army Hostel, Heaton Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £20 victim surcharge.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said when police arrived Bradshaw had dropped the empty wine bottle.

Mark Williams, defending, said his client had only just been released from prison and was homeless.

"He has long standing issues with mental health and has had issues with drink and drugs in the past," said Mr Williams.

"He was actually at the hospital trying to help someone else but the staff did not want his assistance."