Pair of drunks refused to leave airshow

Sunderland Airshow.
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Two drunken yobs who refused to leave the Sunderland Airshow were arrested after running away from police to visit a seafront pub.

David Campbell, 22, and Jamie Davison, 24, were arrested by police, who were contacted by members of the public who were concerned by their behaviour.

They walked off towards the pub, then started to jog away from the officers

Laura Lax, prosecuting

The pair were seen drinking alcohol near the north pier at Roker, despite the area being an alcohol exclusion zone, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Laura Lax said the offences took place at about 3pm on Saturday, July 23.

“Officers on duty at Sunderland Airshow were contacted by members of the public raising concerns about two drunk males, shouting and swearing and causing a general nuisance of themselves in the area.

“Both were drinking alcohol from containers. Unfortunately they weren’t allowed to drink alcohol due to the area being a designated exclusion zone.

“Both swore several times in front of the officers.”

The court heard the pair were then told they were being given direction to leave notices and had to leave the air show for 48 hours.

“They said they wanted to attend the Smuggler’s pub to meeting some friends,” Miss Lax said.

“They walked off towards the pub, then started to jog away from the officers.

“They caught up with them at the Smuggler’s pub and were talking to people who were drinking outside.

“Both defendants were handcuffed and started swearing.

“They were warned to stop swearing as there were families with young children in the area.”

Campbell, Beckwith Road, East Herrington, and Davison, of Prestwick Road, Pennywell, both admitted failing to comply with a Section 35 direction under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.

They also pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour.

Peter Thubron, defending Davison, said he had only wanted to go to the pub to collect enough money from his brother to get the bus home.

He added: “It seems that my client unfortunately had a lot to drink.

Anna Haq, defending Campbell, said: “Mr Campbell is in a very similar position.

“He accepts he’s consumed alcohol and has probably had a little bit too much.

“He had friends in the Smuggler’s and they needed money to go home and obviously felt aggrieved when police said he was going to get arrested.”

Both defendants were given 18-month conditional discharges and were told to pay £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.