TWO alcoholics were arrested after shouting at police who stopped them from urinating in a street.
Officers were called to Sutton Way in South Shields after a woman said David Winlow and James Flaherty wouldn’t leave her home.
When they got there, the pair were causing a nuisance in the street.
Winlow, 44, and Flaherty, 39, were told to go home, but began shouting and swearing at the officers, before Winlow began urinating against a wall – in full view of a passer-by, and was arrested.
Flaherty also started to undo his flies, but was stopped by one of the officers and arrested after he had started hurling abuse at him.
They both pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to being drunk and disorderly.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “It was 6.25pm on December 22 when officers were called to Sutton Way.
“Both men were drunk when they turned up, and were told to leave the area.
“They started walking away, but Winlow began to urinate on a wall in front of a member of the public.
“He began to shout and swear at the officers and was arrested.”
Mrs Beck said Flaherty then began to pester a group of young girls in the street.
She added: “He kept swearing and went to urinate on a wall, but was stopped.
“When he realised Winlow had been arrested, he swore at the officers and said they were arresting him for nothing.
“They arrested him as well.”
Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “Mr Winlow is an alcoholic and alcoholics behave badly when they’re drunk.
“He is always arrested when he’s in trouble and comes to court. There any many people in his situation who never see the inside of a courtroom, but he ends up here every time.
“Mr Flaherty is due at Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced for breaching a suspended sentence order. I suggest you send this here to be sentenced alongside it.”
Winlow, of Ocean Road, South Shields, was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim discharge.
Magistrates told Flaherty, of Hexham Avenue, Hebburn, he would be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court when the suspended sentence is dealt with.