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Man who swore at police told them to let building burn

By Nevin Farrell

A man told police to let a listed former hospital in Coleraine burn as he swore and made obscene gestures at officers, a court has heard.

A prosecutor said police were at the scene on August 21 when Simon Hugh McConaghie (27), of Ballyness Park in Castleroe near Coleraine, passed by and said "Let if f****** burn".

He also told police, "F**** off you useless b*******" and made a "two-fingered gesture" before he was arrested.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday, McConaghie said he had an issue with the police "so I will say what I want to them".

Fining the defendant, District Judge Peter King said: "It will cost you £500."

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