Hartlepool man jailed after admitting insulting words or behaviour charge against police officer

A man has been jailed by magistrates after he admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards a police officer.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 4:45 am

Matthew Paul Evans, 35, of West View Road, Hartlepool, was locked up for four weeks after Teesside Magistrates Court deemed the offence to be “so serious” because it happened while he was in custody in connection with other matters.

Evans pleaded guilty to one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards the officer, thereby causing his victim harassment, alarm or distress, in Hartlepool on May 30 last year.

He was formally found not guilty by the Middlesbrough court of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in a racially aggravated manner towards the same officer on the same date after denying the charge at a hearing earlier this year.

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The case was dealt with in Middlesbrough at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

Evans was also ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge although no order for prosecution costs was made.

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