Jarrow man attacked police after drugs find at home

Newsome's case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.
Newsome's case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

A panic-stricken man launched a drunken attack on two police officers m – after they sniffed out a drug crime at his home.

Police were called to David Newsome’s address in Cedar Drive, Jarrow, on March 14 after receiving an anonymous tip-off about a domestic dispute.

He said he would go quietly if police drooped the assault charge.

Glenda Beck

But on their arrival, they noticed a strong smell of cannabis, while both the defendant and his partner were intoxicated.

Magistrates heard Newsome tried to take a jar of cannabis out of sight – only to be caught in the act by a keen-eyed female officer.

When she tried to handcuff the 44-year-old, he pushed her in the chest.

He then offered to “go quietly” if police dropped the assault charge – only for further violence to erupt when his partner was also arrested for being obstructive to police.

Newsome pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a police officer and a further charge of possession of cannabis at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “He said he would go quietly if the police dropped the assault charge.

“But he became violent when he realised he wasn’t being put in the same police car as the female.

“When another officer came to help restrain him, he bit him on the hand. He was not injured as he wearing police gloves.”

Lesley Burgess, defending, said “He did panic when police arrived at his door. He wholly accepts his actions were unacceptable.”

Newsome was fined £80 for each of the assaults and an £80 fine for possession of cannabis. He must pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.