Sandwich incident costs man £110 in court

A MAN who spat an egg sandwich on the floor of a shopping centre has been slapped with a £110 court bill.

Ian James Parker was walking through Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, when a police community support officer (PCSO) saw him spit a piece of the sandwich on the floor.

The PCSO stopped the 21-year-old and he became “heavily abusive” towards them and carried on doing so when police officers arrived, Hartlepool Magistrates Court heard.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told justices: “The defendant was walking through the shopping centre in front of a PCSO who saw him spit a quantity of sandwich out inside the centre.

“He was asked to leave the centre, but he refused and became heavily abusive towards them using abusive words.

“Other members of the public were present and he continued despite being warned.

“The CPSO rang for assistance and when he continued with this behaviour he was arrested.”

Parker – who had no previous convictions – pleaded guilty to using threatening words and behaviour on February 22, and failing to answer bail on March 2.

Parker, of King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, represented himself in court and said he did not wish to say anything about the incident.

Chairman of the bench Elizabeth Montgomery fined him £55, ordered him to pay £40 costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.