Romantic plans ended with a night in a police cell

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A MAN’S ‘thwarted’ romantic plans ended with a stay in a police cell after he hurled drunken abuse at police, a court heard.

Daniel Payne had gone round to see to his girlfriend at her home in Hathersage Gardens, South Shields, in the early hours of Wednesday, January 7, only to find she wasn’t in.

Police were called at about 2.15am after he was heard banging on the door and shouting and screaming in the street.

The 24-year-old was asked to move away by police, only to be arrested when he swore at the officers.

Payne, of Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to the area to reports of a man shouting and screaming in the street and banging on the door of a house.

“They got to the street and saw Payne at the rear of a property, banging on the door.

“He was asked if he lived at the house by police, and said it was his girlfriend’s address.

“When he was asked to move away his demeanour changed and he became agitated.

“He swore at the police and was arrested after he continued to be abusive.”

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “He has gone to his girlfriend’s house, expecting her to be in.

“That was the arrangement, but she had gone out. The police arrived and he was abusive to them.

“His thwarted romantic evening ended with him being unavailable, as he was taken off to the police cells. There was no suggestion of any violence or any threat of it and he immediately accepted his guilt.”

Payne was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.