Cops feared drunk would fall in front of train

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POLICE approached a drunken man lying close to a South Tyneside Metro track – as a train approached the station.

On May 20, officers received a report of a man lying on the platform at Bede station in Jarrow.

Jonathan Collins, 20, of Beach Road, South Shields, attempted to stand up when the officers arrived, but was unsteady on his feet.

Collins was abusive to the officers, who were worried he may fall in front of the oncoming train.

And as he clenched his fist in an apparent attempt to punch an officer he was arrested.

On an appearance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, Collins admitted an offence of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “He can’t recall what happened.

“He was intoxicated and effectively sleeping and was startled when the police arrived and reacted in the wrong way.”

He was fined £73 with a £23 victims surcharge and was ordered to pay £85 costs.