Drunk abused police officer while ‘calling for help’

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a WOULD-be Good Samaritan ended up in trouble with the law after swearing at police, a court heard.

Scott Moore was arrested after abusing an officer as he dealt with an early hours disturbance in Ocean Road, South Shields.

We realise there were extenuating circumstances but you were drunk and did swear at the police officer

Yvonne Cracknell, magistrate

The 38-year-old admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly in a public place at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

But magistrates were told Moore, of Belle Vue Crescent, South Shields, was trying to alert police to an incident in which a man was being attacked when he was asked to move on, and became aggressive.

Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said: “Police were dealing with an unrelated incident at 2am on Saturday, February 21.

“One of the officers became aware of a man staggering and loitering over his shoulder.

“He asked him to move on but he spread his arms out wide and swore at him.

“He was moved on and told to go home but two minutes later he came back and swore at the police officer again and told him he could lock him up. He was then arrested.”

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He accepts he was drunk and that he swore.

“The unrelated incident was three men setting upon another man – he was trying to tell police about this.

“He was trying to assist but was escorted away by the police officer.

“But he was taken in the entirely opposite direction to where he lives. He accepts he swore at that stage.

Yvonne Cracknell, chair of the magistrates, said: “We realise there were extenuating circumstances but you were drunk and did swear at the police officer.”

Moore was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £45 and a victim surcharge of £15.