A DRUG addict smeared faeces on the walls of a police station after being arrested for carrying a folding knife and drugs.

Mark Dismore was stopped and searched after he was spotted by police officers running from a shop in Middlesbrough.

The 33-year-old was also in possession of a variety of drugs when he was arrested on January 25 on Acton Street.

Dismore had been arrested less than three weeks earlier when he fell asleep in a McDonald’s and was found to be in possession of a metal bar and a barbecue fork.

He was believed to be under the influence of drugs when staff at the restaurant on Linthorpe Road, became concerned about his behaviour and the police were called.

The defendant was also found to be in possession of two screwdrivers and blue pill which he claimed he had just picked up from his aunt’s home on January 8.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was seen to put an item in his mouth, he then spat that out and said it was only cannabis. He was searched and found to be in possession of a folding knife, a small bottle of tablets, a bag of cocaine and two tablets.

“He was taken to the police station where he proceeded to smear faeces on the door of his cell.”

Dismore, of Marton Road, Middlesbrough, who pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of offensive weapons, has 21 convictions for 40 offences, including possession of an offensive weapon and attempted robbery when a weapon was used.

In mitigation, Andrew Turton said the defendant’s position was not helped by his pre-sentence report or his previous record for possession of weapons.

He said: “Neither the barbecue fork nor the lock knife were out in public in the sense of they were concealed, they were in pockets and only became known to the authorities when he was stopped and searched for other matters.

“So, there’s no brandishing of any weapon and there’s no threats made by the defendant at all, he is simply in possession of these items.”

Judge Howard Crowson jailed Dismore for six months for both offences to run concurrently.

He said: “On January 8, the police found you in McDonald’s and you had weapons of offence, they were the barbecue fork and a bar, they weren’t produced, they were only seen because you dropped them on the floor. I take the view that was clearly because of the condition you were in – not because you intended to use them offensive weapons.”

The judge said he accepted that the 'unusual' collection of drugs was for Dismore's own person use.

For the drugs charge and damage to the police station, Dismore was given two further one-month concurrent sentences.

Judge Crowson ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the weapons and the drugs.