A MAN hurled abuse at council staff in a housing office.
Carl Farrell shouted and swore at staff in the Homefinder office in South Shields – which helps find accommodation for homeless people.
Police turned up and arrested the 28-year-old, of Beach Road, South Shields, who was refusing to leave.
Farrell pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour to another in a public place at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “The defendant went into Homefinder in Charlotte Street at 1.45am on January 24.
“When he was told that they couldn’t help him, he became abusive and shouted and swore at the staff.
“He refused to leave until he heard the police were being called.
Paul Kennedy, defending, said Farrell was frustrated that staff at the office couldn’t help him find a new home.
Magistrates gave him a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.