Sunderland drunk shouted “Raoul Moat” at police during nursing home altercation

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A SON got so drunk he turned up at his mother’s nursing home four days after Christmas, convinced it was December 25.

Unemployed Michael Warby then shouted “Raoul Moat” at police after they were called out by staff at the Victoria Nursing Home in Leechmere Road, Sunderland, when he arrived on December 29.

The 28-year-old was arrested and pleaded guilty at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court to being drunk and disorderly.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said police were called to the home in Leechmere Road to reports of a man causing a problem.

“He was that man and he was known to staff.

“His mother is at the home and he is barred from previous behaviour from visiting the home.
Police arrived and saw him and he was clearly very drunk and 
he was asked to leave the premises.

“He denied he was drunk, but in fact he was so drunk, he thought it was Christmas Day.

“He told police he was welcome there.

“He was told if he wanted to come back when he was sober, maybe something could be arranged but he was making threats, shouting and swearing and shouting ‘Raoul Moat’.”

Warby, whose address was given as a guest house in Featherstone Street, Fence Houses, 
eventually left the area but quickly came back and was then arrested.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “All he wanted to do was to go and see his mother.

“It was round about the festive period and he had not been able to see her, because he had been barred from the home.

“He had a considerable amount to drink.

“He said at first he was not in any way abusive or truculent.

“He became abusive with them when he became abusive with him.

“Given his last offence was 2004 in Consett, he is someone who rarely comes before the courts and is unlikely to do so again.”

Magistrates fined him £55 and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £45 towards court costs.