Drunken ‘Romeo’ ends up in court

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plans for a romantic evening led to a court date when a South Tyneside “Romeo” abused police officers – just moments after they had given him a lift.

Officers were called to Horsley Hill Square, South Shields, after receiving a report of a man throwing stones at a window on the street.

When they arrived at 10.30pm on Wednesday, January 7, they found David King outside an address on the street in an intoxicated state.

He admitted throwing stones at the window of his girlfriend’s home as she wouldn’t let him in.

The 22-year-old then asked the officers to give him a lift to Chichester Metro Station so he get to his then-home in Sunderland, with the police obliging.

However, when they dropped him off, he walked past the entrance of the Metro, leading the police to question where he was going.

Jonathan Moore, prosecuting, said: “The police approached him and told him to get on the Metro, but he swore at them.

“He was asked to calm down, but he continued to be abusive and was arrested.”

King, of Horsley Hill Square, South Shields, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “He had expected a warm welcome and a pleasant evening but the lady in the house was not prepared to let him in.

“It’s a variation of Romeo and Juliet, South Shields- style.

“These were just words, silly, stupid words, to officers just doing their job.”

King was fined £37 by magistrates and ordered to pay court costs of £40 and a £20 victim surcharge.