Man dropped his shorts and defecated outside Sunderland shopping centre

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A MAN defecated in public after being released from a police cell.

Wesley Crawford dropped his shorts and used the street outside the Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland as a toilet.

CCTV captured his act and he was arrested by officers, who recognised him as they man they had just released from Gill Bridge police station.

Crawford, 32, of James William Street in Hendon, was charged under a law dating back more than 160 years, that he “threw or laid nightsoil in the street”.

He pleaded guilty to an offence under the Town and Police Clauses Act 1847.

The court heard how a security guard on duty at 4.55am on July 18 saw a man trying to get into the Bridges from Crowtree Road.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “As he could not go through, he was seen to drop his shorts and defecate on the road by the O2 shop.

“Police were obviously informed and in due course arrested him.”

Chris Wilson, defending, said Crawford, who was said to be doing well on a community order imposed in June, was trying to get into the shopping centre to use the toilet.

“Obviously, the doors were locked and he felt there was no other option available to him.

“He offered to clean up the mess, but the officers refused.

“He is ashamed and embarrassed by his actions but feels at the time there was little alternative available to him.

“He is aware that he has fallen foul of the law.”

Chairman Peter Devere ordered Crawford pay out £250 in a fine and court charges.