Drunken man swore at cops in front of kids

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A DRUNKEN man who swore at a police officer while being led away from a South Tyneside bus station has been handed a conditional discharge.

David Fairless and three pals were being escorted from Keppel Street bus station, after cops had received reports of their rowdy behaviour from a police community support officer (PCSO)

But when being moved from the area, he became abusive towards an officer.

Fairless, of Baring Street in South Shields, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 5.05pm on Saturday, December 21, after a call from a PSCO asking for assistance with a group of rowdy people, a police constable attended the bus station.

“It was very busy at the time with members of the public.

“Four people in a group were identified as drunk.

“Fairless was one of them.

“He was swearing loudly in the presence of the public, including some children.

“The officer asked the group to move and they reluctantly did so.”

As the group were being escorted, Fairless was abusive to the officer and was arrested.

Fairless was unrepresented at court and accepted the case as laid out against him.

The 25-year-old was given a six-month conditional discharge. No costs were ordered against him due to his lack of means.