Hotel guest arrested after refusing to leave South Shields Premier Inn when it was time to go

A sleepy hotel guest got out of the wrong side of the bed when police woke him and told him it was time to pack his bags.

Dean Rigg, 38, of Rowan Court, South Shields, argued with them and became obstructive – and had to be forcibly ejected.

Rigg had booked into the town’s Premier Inn, in Hobson Way, and did so on behalf of a female friend who had personal issues, a court heard.

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But when he failed to heed polite requests from staff that it was time to leave by mid-morning on Thursday, December 17, police were summoned.

Premier Inn, South ShieldsPremier Inn, South Shields
Premier Inn, South Shields

He repeatedly refused to budge to the point of obstructing a female officer, magistrates in South Tyneside were told.

Rigg became so aggressive he had to be restrained - and he was arrested.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told the court: “It could have so easily been avoided.

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“Police are called to attend the Premier Inn because of a guest who refused to leave when his time was up.

“A female was present, and the defendant said that he didn’t want to leave as he wanted to sleep.

“He was told several times to leave by the officers, but he became aggressive and was detained and arrested.

“He’s got himself into bother over something as stupid as this.”

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The court was told that Rigg has 10 previous convictions, the last in August 2018, and currently owes the courts £1,910.

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said: “The arrest was early in the morning and Mr Rigg had booked the room for the benefit of someone else.

“It came as a surprise to him that he had been asked to leave at early mid-morning.

“He had done a favour for someone else who was struggling with a condition.

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“He paid for the room. He objected, quite understandably, but he could have dealt with it better in hindsight. He has pleaded guilty to resisting.”

Magistrates sentenced Rigg, who admitted obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty, to a 12-month conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

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