Drunken man flew into rage after losing his keys

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A SERIAL offender told a court he was ‘mortified’ after damaging a police van while being arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a South Tyneside street.

Marc Cameron had been taken to South Tyneside District Hospital by police who spotted him in a drunken state and had concerns for his welfare.

They then gave him a lift to his home in Whitehall Street, South Shields, but when he couldn’t find the keys to his property, he became aggressive and swore at police.

He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, but continued to lash out and snapped off a door handle on the van.

The 31-year-old admitted charges of being drunk and disorderly and causing damage to the rear door of the vehicle.

Trish Mitten, defending, said: “He is someone who has previously been before the courts on a weekly and monthly basis.

“He has moved to South Shields and is mortified at being back before the court. I hope you will see this as a blip.”

The court heard that Cameron has 127 previous convictions but hadn’t been in trouble with the law for 12 months.

District Judge Helen Cousins ordered him to pay £75 of compensation, and told him: “I don’t want to see you before the court again.”