A PERVERT who sexually assaulted a teenage girl before trying to kiss a younger child has been jailed for more than two years.

Piotr Boczek targeted the older girl in January last year before turning his perverted attention to the 11-year-old in November.

The 45-year-old was arrested by police at Darlington railway station with a ticket to London and his passport after he attempted to flee the region.

He was arrested and taken to a police station where he then went on to stab a police officer in the arm with a pen.

Teesside Crown Court heard how he was under the influence of drink and drugs at the time but was told that was 'no excuse' for his behaviour.

Chris Baker, prosecuting, said the defendant was heavily intoxicated and behaving irrationally when he was arrested.

Boczek, of no fixed abode but was living in the Darlington area at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty sexual assault on a child under 13, attempted sexual assault and assault on an emergency worker.

Duncan McReddie, in mitigation, said his client deserved full credit for the full admissions he mad during police interview and with his early guilty pleas at court.

He told the court that Boczek was a hard worker and his job was been held open for him as a quarry worker.

Judge Stephen Ashurst told the defendant 'drink does not provide and excuse' as he jailed him for two years and three months.

He was also issued with a ten-year sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders' register for the same period of time.