A DRUNKEN man celebrating his birthday dropped his trousers in front of police and invited them to search him.

But the party turned sour for plumber Harvey Wilson after he was arrested for causing a public nuisance by indecently exposing himself.

And at Bolton Magistrates' Court he admitted he had learnt his lesson after he was fined £300.

Betsy Hindle, prosecuting, told the court how, just before 5am on August 25 last year Wilson, who had spent the night celebrating his 27th birthday, was involved in an altercation with staff at the Bamboogy nightclub on Bradshawgate and police were called.

She added that officers found Wilson and another man in the street.

"They were both displaying disorderly conduct and appeared extremely intoxicated," said Miss Hindle.

But when police tried to talk to them the men became obstructive and tried to walk away.

The court heard that when Wilson was told by police that they wanted to search him he became abusive, calling them "rapists".

"He then proceeded to pull down his pants, showing his genitals to the officer and saying words repeatedly to the effect, 'do you want to search under my b***s as well?'

"He did this on a number of occasions whilst handling his own genitalia and waggling it in the officer's direction."

Miss Hindle added that the offence occurred whilst in a side street but the area was still busy with members of the public.

Wilson, of Sutherland Road, Heaton, then ran off, but was found half an hour later in a nearby carpark.

A small bag of cannabis was found on him.

Wilson pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance and possessing cannabis.

"There was no sexual element. It was obviously silly behaviour of a very intoxicated individual," said Miss Hindle.

Alia Khokhar, defending, said that throughout the day Wilson had been bought drinks by family and friends and cannot remember dropping his trousers.

"He accepts he was uncooperative with police," she said, adding that Wilson has been shown police bodycam footage of his behaviour.

"He is utterly ashamed of himself. He was quite shocked at his behaviour."

Wilson was fined and ordered to pay a total of £172 in costs and charges.

Wilson, who has never been before a court before, told magistrates: "It was completely out of character. I'm humiliated. I just want to put it behind me and get back to work."

Magistrate Ian MacNeil told Wilson: "The lesson to learn is don't get drunk as that.

"On your birthday next year remember that."