Repair man arrested after ringing 999 from Hartlepool pub to say he was ‘being picked on’

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A WASHING machine repair man called police after fearing for his safety in a pub – but ended up getting arrested himself.

Lee Henderson had been drinking in the King John’s Tavern, in South Road, Hartlepool, when he dialled 999 and said he was “being picked on”.

Prosecuting, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that a team of officers was sent to the pub just before 10pm.

Prosecuting, Lynne Roberts-Ploughman said: “When police got there they found the defendant outside shouting and waving his arms around in the car park.

“He was spoken to and was showing signs of intoxication, and was swearing at officers. He refused to go home in a taxi. He wouldn’t then speak to officers without continually swearing so was arrested.”

Henderson, 42, of Grantham Avenue, in Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on March 26.

He represented himself in court and said: “The police did seem more interested in me than the people who were causing me problems.

“But I’m ashamed and embarrassed to be stood here today.”

Chairman of the bench Keith Gorton sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.”