A MAN has been fined after he was convicted of being drunk and disorderly on a train.

John Gillam, of St Quintin Avenue in Barrow, was said to have been among a number of 'drunk and rowdy' passengers on a train between Barrow and Lancaster on September 26.

The 35-year-old was arrested by British Transport Police officers, who said they used pepper spray on the man because he was 'resisting' arrest.

After appearing before magistrates, the defendant was fined £133, according to BTP Lancashire.

He was also told to pay to a total of £199 through a victim surcharge and court costs.

Officers said they arrived at Lancaster where they removed a the man from the train and arrested him as he attempted to get back on.

A spokesman from British Transport Police said the use of pepper spray was typical when someone was resisting arrest.

The incident comes just weeks after BTP announced they were upping officers’ presence following an increase in antisocial behaviour at Barrow, Roose and Dalton stations.

Robert Parker, of Furness Line Action Group (FLAG), said drunken passengers are a ‘real problem’ on late night trains in Barrow. He said: “One of the problems, certainly on late night trains, is drunken passengers."