Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Drunk' Man Orders Driver to Divert Train

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Drunk' Man Orders Driver to Divert Train

Article excerpt

A 'DRUNK' man threatened railway staff before ordering a driver to divert a train.

Gabriel Houlihan, 51, was said to be 'slurring his words' and speaking in an 'aggressive tone' to workers at Manchester's Victoria Station.

When a train driver told Houlihan he was 'too drunk' to be travelling, he started 'growling and mumbling.' .

Houlihan then moved to another platform where he tried to board a second train, which he demanded was diverted to Bolton.

Houlihan, of Spencers Wood, Bromley Cross, Bolton, pleaded guilty at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court to two counts of threatening behaviour.

Prosecutor Robin Lynch told the hearing Houlihan was seen standing close to a Northern Rail team leader at the station at around 10.50pm on January 28. Mr Lynch said Houlihan was asked to stand aside by the team leader, who asked him if he could help. …

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