Drunk man’s threats to ‘slash up’ cops

REPEAT OFFENDER ... Wayne Mathison has been convicted on another booze-fuelled offence.
REPEAT OFFENDER ... Wayne Mathison has been convicted on another booze-fuelled offence.

A PROLIFIC offender warned police “I will slash you right up” after being stopped while foaming at the mouth in a South Tyneside street.

Wayne Mathison, who has a string of booze-fuelled threats against emergency services, was spotted in a drunken state on Whiteleas Way in South Shields on New Year’s Eve.

When officers approached him, he hurled abuse at them before being handcuffed and taken to the police station.

The 30-year-old was charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place, but did not show up in court to enter a plea.

Magistrates decided to proceed in his absence and found the case against him proved.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to Whiteleas Way in South Shields at 2.35pm on December 31, of last year, after reports of concern for a male lying on the ground.

“They conducted a search of the area when they saw Mathison.

“He appeared unsteady on his feet and his breath smelt of alcohol. He was foaming at the mouth and was drunk.

“Due to his level of intoxication it was difficult to hear what he was slurring.”

Mathison swore at the police and was warned about his language.

Mr Anderson added: “He was warned about his language, but then said to the officers ‘I will slash you right up’.”

Mathison, whose address was not given at court, was arrested and taken to South Shields Police Station after refusing to calm down.

The court heard that Mathison already owes the court £1,276 in court costs.

Valerie Bell, defending, said: “He is an alcoholic and will be intoxicated on most days.

“He will have little recollection of the event.”

Sentencing was adjourned until February 27, when Mathison is due back at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on another matter.

Only last month, Mathison was bound over to keep the peace after telling police “I will kill the lot of you” when they came to his parents’ home to arrest his brother.

In September of last year, Mathison pleaded guilty to another charge of being drunk and disorderly, after threatening police that he would cut them up and bite off their faces.

Just a month earlier he had been given a community order after threatening to stab a paramedic, who had come to assist him when he collapsed after a nine-hour drinking session.

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