A DRUNKEN yob punched a Metro ticket inspector and passenger as they tried to get him off a train at a South Tyneside station.
Lee Lamb didn’t have a ticket and Nexus staff asked him get off the Metro at Brockley Whins, South Shields.
When the 22-year-old refused, the driver called police, and said he would stay at the station until officers turned up.
On hearing the driver’s announcement, a passenger went over to Lamb and asked him to get off so the rest of the people travelling wouldn’t have to wait.
Lamb responded by throwing a punch at the man, breaking his glasses and hitting him in the right eye.
One of the inspectors tried to get in the way of the punch and was hit on her shoulder by the same blow.
Lamb pleaded guilty to two counts of assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, told the court the attack happened at about 9.15pm on March 13 on a Sunderland-bound train.
She added: “The inspectors got on at Central Station, Lamb didn’t have a ticket and was asked to get off.
“He refused, and when they got to Brockley Whins the first victim went over and told him to leave so everyone else could go home.
“Lamb went towards him and one of the inspectors tried to get in between them.
“Lamb threw a punch at the man’s face and hit the inspector on her shoulder in the process.”
A statement from the inspector now felt unsafe at work and was wary when approaching people to check their tickets.
The court heard that Lamb was already on a community order with 60 hours of unpaid work for a previous conviction.
Charles Wiedner, defending, said: “He explained he had been drinking, and if he hadn’t been drunk he probably wouldn’t have acted in the way he did.”
Magistrates adjourned the case until Monday for the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report about him.
Lamb, of Chandos Street, Gateshead, was granted unconditional bail until then.