POLICE have applied for an antisocial behaviour order against a drunken yob, after his latest booze-fuelled rant at emergency service workers.
Wayne Mathison admitted another drunk and disorderly offence at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court after being arrested at South Tyneside Hospital, for being abusive towards a paramedic, police and medical staff.
The 30-year-old has a history of alcohol-related threats against both the police and paramedics, and magistrates were told that, on January 21, Mathison was in the rear of an ambulance being taken to South Tyneside Hospital for treatment to a cut to the head, when he launched an angry tirade.
Mathison, of Constable Gardens in South Shields, was given a six-month conditional discharge by magistrates after admitting the offence.
However, he will be back in court on Thursday, March 13, after police made an application for him to be given an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO).
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to Whiteleas Way at 3.15pm on January 21, and found Mathison in the rear of an ambulance. He had fallen and cut his head, and was being taken to the accident and emergency department.
“During the journey he had to be warned on several occasions about his language towards officers and a female paramedic.
“He was identified as being drunk, continued to be abusive upon arrival at the hospital and was arrested.”
Michelle Stonley, defending, said: “Mr Mathison had fallen in the street, resulting in injuries to his head. An ambulance was called, but he doesn’t recall anything that happened after falling and banging his head.
“He is 30 and has been before the courts on many occasions for drunk and disorderly offences. He is a chronic alcoholic.”
Mathison was given a six-month conditional discharge for being drunk and disorderly. He was also ordered to pay costs of £50 and a victim surcharge of £15.
He will be back at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on March 13, when the application for an ASBO will be made.