A MAN who damaged a police cell and assaulted an officer now has a jail sentence hanging over his head for a long time.

Magistrates heard this week that John Michael Wilson caused £120 worth of damage to the police cell in Peterlee on January 8 this year.

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And the day before, he assaulted a police officer in Horden.

He pleaded guilty to magistrates at Newton Aycliffe on Monday to both offences and admitted they put him in breach of a suspended sentence imposed in November last year for assaulting an emergency worker.

Wilson, 34, of Bourne Street, was ordered by magistrates to pay a total of £195 in compensation.

They also extended his existing suspended sentence from 12-months to 18-months.

This means he could be sent to jail for eight weeks if he re-offends within that time period.

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