Sunderland drunk spent birthday behind bars after row

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A FAMILY row led to a man spending his birthday in a police cell.

Police went to Toward Road in Sunderland’s East End on Saturday, after a call from George Brook’s brother.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard they ordered Brook, who was 41 on Sunday, to leave the area.

But an hour later, at about 5.40pm, he was back at the address in Toward Road.

He was arrested and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at the city court the following day. Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “Officers came back and found him in the street, slumped over.

“The officer tried to get him to sit up, but he was abusive to him.

“He said he would attack the officer, because he was programmed to do so.

“He ended up arresting him and he has spent until this morning in police custody.

“He has quite a lengthy record.”

Joanne Gatens, mitigating, said Brook, of Toward Road, suffered from and was receiving help for mental health problems and had been battling alcohol addiction for some time.

She said: “His drinking his nothing like it was two or three years ago.

“He is trying very hard to control his drinking, but relapsed on Saturday.

“He had an argument with his sister, who lives in the same building.

“His mental health is such that he has spent time in hospital.”

Brook, who owns the court nearly £1,500 in fines, was given an absolute discharge.