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Drunk squared up to police officer after abusing passers-by in street

COURT FINE ... Wayne Mathison.
COURT FINE ... Wayne Mathison.

A YOB who squared up to a police officer after being found slumped drunk in the street has been fined.

Officers discovered Wayne Mathison with a two-litre bottle of cider in his hand in Gaskell Avenue, South Shields, after receiving reports that a drunk man was being abusive to passers-by.

He leapt to his feet and put his face close to one of the officer’s in an aggressive manner.

Fiona Varley, prosecuting

The 31-year-old was found to have minor injuries – but swore at officers when they asked them how he got them.

He faced up to one of the officers and when he continued to act aggressively, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Mathison, of Gainsborough Avenue, South Shields, failed to show up to answer the charge at South Tyneside’s Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates found the case proved in his absence.

Fiona Varley, prosecuting, said: “On March 5 at 2.45pm, police received a report of a drunken male being abusive to passers-by on Gaskell Avenue, South Shields.

“Officers attended and found Mathison slumped on the ground with a two-litre bottle of cider.

“He had some minor injuries. When he was asked how he got them, he started swearing.

“He leapt to his feet and put his face close to one of the officer’s in an aggressive manner.

“He was asked to step back, which he did, but it may have been due to him being unsteady on his feet. He was clearly drunk.”

“When Mathison’s disorderly behaviour continued, he was arrested.”

The court heard Mathison already owes £1,216 in fines and costs to the court.

Magistrates fined him £55 for the offence and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

No order was made for prosecution costs.

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