MAGISTRATES have fined a man who assaulted a police officer in Chester Le Street.

County Durham magistrates sitting at Newton Aycliffe on Monday heard that 49-year-old Kevin Reay assaulted the officer just days before Christmas on December 20, 2021.

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On the same day he was also charged with using threatening or abusive words/ disorderly behaviour in Durham City.

Reay pleaded guilty to both charges and admitted they put him in breach of a suspended sentence imposed by magistrates in June 28 last year for an offence of battery.

Magistrates decided against triggering the suspended sentence, saying this was justified due to time Reay had already spent on remand.

Instead, they fined him £200 for assaulting the officer, £50 for breaching his suspended sentence plus a £34 victim surcharge.

This means Reay, of The Fells, Plawsworth, Chester le street, must pay a total of £284.

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