Boldon man abused hospital workers

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A MAN abused hospital staff who wouldn’t let him stay in a waiting room until his bus came.

John Strother, 20, was told he could leave South Tyneside District Hospital after a 4am blood test showed no problems.

A court heard that he was initially told he could wait in the building until buses started running again, but became angry after then being told to leave.

Police were called after he started shouting at staff and wouldn’t calm down.

Strother, of Hindmarch Drive, Boldon Colliery, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “Security guards were called to A&E because the defendant was acting aggressively.

“They heard him being abusive to staff and asked him to calm down. He refused and told them to call the police.

“He lunged towards the security staff and tried to run off.

“The police were called and arrested him. He admitted his behaviour was unacceptable.”

David Forrester, defending, told the court Strother is in poor health from a drink problem and takes a lot of medication for renal disease and hepatitis.

“He was at hospital at 4am for a blood test and was told there was nothing to worry about and he could go home.

“A nurse told him he could wait in the waiting room until buses started again, but another told him to leave.”

Magistrates gave Strother a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 costs.