Court Round-up: Dangerous taxi driver and five other crimes dealt with in Sunderland

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The following cases have been dealt with at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Gareth Steel, 34, of Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, admitted being drunk and disorderly in Borough Road, Sunderland, on September 4. He was given a one-year conditional discharge and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.

Paul Brown, 32, of Faber Road, Southwick, admitted assaulting a police officer in Chester Road, Sunderland, on April 22. He was given a 12-month community order, with nine months’ alcohol treatment. He was fined £20 with £50 compensation and a criminal courts charge of £150.

Andrew Davies aka McKenzie, 29, Premier Road, Plains Farm, pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen goods on January 26 and February 11. The items were an iPhone 6 worth £350, and a Samsung Galaxy S5 worth £150, from Carphone Warehouse. He was given a 12-month community order, with 50 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay compensation of £175 and victim surcharge of £60.

Mark Cole, 42, of Baxter Square, Town End Farm, pleaded guilty to the dangerous driving of a taxi on Silksworth Lane on February 14. He was given a 12-month community order and a 10-week curfew from 9pm to 7am. He was told to pay compensation of £500 and was banned from driving for a year and until he takes an extended driving test.

Daniel Larssen, 43, of Station Road, Penshaw, pleaded guilty to driving a Mercedes SAprinter van on Chester Road, Sunderland, on October 28, 2014, without insurance. He was given an absolute discharge.

George Hedley, 19, of Toward Road, Hendon, admitted possession of a knife at Market Square, Sunderland, on January 4. He was handed a 12-month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work and was told to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and £100 costs.