Sunderland brothers tussled with police at 10cc gig

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IT was a case of Good Morning Judge after a day out at a music gig ended with two brothers having an angry brush with the law.

Joseph Lakeman was at the free event – headlined by 10cc – with siblings Charles and Natalie but was asked to leave by a steward as he appeared drunk and was acting aggressively.

Police were asked to speak to him, but the 18-year-old hurled abuse at officers and resisted arrest.

Seeing his brother detained on the ground, Charles Lakeman, 23, elbowed a special constable in the head – allowing his brother to struggle free. Both men were then arrested, along with their 24-year-old sister Natalie.

All three – from Sunderland – appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday in connection with the brawl in South Shields on Sunday, July 20.

Natalie Lakeman, of Mear Street, was charged with assaulting a police constable during the same incident but has yet to enter a plea. Her case was adjourned for three weeks so the Crown Prosecution Service could establish whether she is eligible for a police caution.

Charles Lakeman, of Emsworth Road, had admitted a charge of assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty at an earlier hearing, while Joseph, of Brookland Road, had earlier admitted being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “The crowds were leaving when a steward told police they were having trouble with a drunken male, Joseph Lakeman. He was refusing to leave and being aggressive.

“The steward pointed out Lakeman, who was carrying a half empty bottle of alcohol, to police. He was spoken to and was abusive. He continued to swear.

“Officers attempted to arrest him for being drunk and disorderly but he ran off. One of the officers grabbed him by the wrist and both fell to the ground, along with a police sergeant. He continued to resist arrest and Charles Lakeman then got involved.”

The court heard that Charles Lakeman elbowed a special constable in the head.

Gerry Armstrong, defending Joseph Lakeman, said: “Clearly it is an unpleasant incident and he has pleaded guilty immediately. To his credit, there was no direct violence at all from him. He didn’t try to kick or punch the officers.”

Mr Armstrong, defending, Charles Lakeman, added: “His violent offending is never pro-active, it is reactive. In this case he has endeavoured to protect his brother as he had seen him being arrested.”

Lakeman was also sentenced for a second assault in Sunderland on August 30.

Charles Lakeman was fined £50 and given a 12 month community order. He must also pay compensation of £50 to the special constable, £100 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Joseph Lakeman was also slapped with a 12 month community order and must complete 100 hours of unpaid work, as well as court costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge.