A drunken man who called police to report his girlfriend missing suffered a brush with the law himself after launching into a booze-fuelled rant when cops turned up to find her beside him.
Darren Lockyer, of Newmarket Walk, South Shields, made the missing person call on Sunday, but when officers arrived at his home they spotted that the woman was present – and wanted him to leave the address.
When he was asked why he made the call to police he became abusive and swore at his girlfriendGlenda Beck
When the 36-year-old was asked why he made the call, he began to swear and hurled verbal abuse at his girlfriend.
Officers noted that he was in a drunken state and arrested him for a breach of the peace.
He admitted breaching the peace when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to Newmarket Walk by the defendant, who stated that his girlfriend was missing.
“When they arrived, they found that his girlfriend was present.
“She asked police to remove the defendant as he had been shouting at her through the night.
“She said the relationship was over and she wanted him out of the house.
“She said he had been drinking spirits.
“She said she hoped a neighbour would have rang the police as she couldn’t find her phone.
“Police noted that he was showing signs of drunkenness.
“When he was asked why he made the call to police he became abusive and swore at his girlfriend.”
District Judge Helen Cousins told Lockyer that he would be bound over to keep the peace to the sum of £120 for a period of 12 months.