Police feared Metro barrier vaulter would run onto tracks

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A drunken man who was ejected from a Metro station in South Tyneside by two police officers, vaulted a barrier to get back in.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that the two officers grabbed Colin Stevenson because they feared he was going to run onto the tracks,

He had been found in the East Boldon station, slumped against a wall.

He told magistrates “I shouldn’t have done what I did. I let myself down.”

But the incident still cost him £155. Blenda Beck, prosecuting, told the court: “The incident happened when Stevenson was at East Boldon Metro Station.

“He was slumped against a wall with a part-consumed bottle of red wine next to him.

“He was ejected by two police officers, but jumped a barrier to return.”

“The officers then restrained him, partly because they feared he might run onto the tracks.”

Stevenson, 29, of Penrith Gardens, Gateshead, admitted being drunk and disorderly.

The offence happened on May 5. Representing himself, Stevenson said: “I was diagnosed with a personality disorder three years ago.

“Since then I’ve cleaned my life up, and kept out of trouble.

“I shouldn’t have done what I did. I let myself down.”

Stevenson was ordered to pay £155 in fines and costs,

The court heard the money will be added to his existing fines account of £1,514.

As he left the dock, Stevenson thanked the magistrates and said: “No more Metro for me.”