Drinker spent night in cells after abusing staff in South Shields pub


A foul-mouthed drinker was served up a night in the cells – after hurling abuse at staff and customers at a South Tyneside pub.

 Police were called to the Ship and Royal, in Ocean Road, South Shields, after rowdy Aaron Willis refused to leave the premises.

 But when officers arrived on Sunday evening, the 37-year-old vented his anger towards them and was swiftly arrested.

 Willis, of no fixed abode, admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court and was given an absolute discharge after spending more than 12 hours in custody.

 Clare Irving, prosecuting, said: “When police arrived he was uncooperative and refused to leave the area.”

 Ian Haq, defending, said: “He has been in custody for over 12 hours and you may feel you can deal with this by way of an absolute discharge.”