POLICE who attended an Accrington address in the early hours were met with a barrage of abuse from an upstairs window.

Blackburn magistrates heard Brennan Joyce told the officers they were not coming in and he was not opening the door for them.

When they entered the house, Joyce tried to stop them from going upstairs and was eventually handcuffed and placed in the back of a police van.

Joyce, 23, of Clement Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer. He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £32 victim surcharge.

Susheela Regala, prosecuting, said police attended at 1.30am on an unrelated matter. Joyce was abusive and obstructive and refused to take their advice and calm down.

"Even when he was handcuffed he continued to make threats towards the officers," said Miss Regala.

"They believed he was under the influence of drink and drugs."

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client fully accepted that he had been more than a nuisance of the day.

"He should have stayed calmer but it was following a domestic argument and he was upset," said Mr Taylor.