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Hotel guest smears poo in police cell after arrest for kicking officer

An airport hotel guest wiped excrement across his police cell after he was arrested for kicking an officer.

Samuel Collard carried out his dirty protest after staff at the Britannia Hotel at Newcastle International Airport called the emergency services for help removing him from the premises last week.

After officers arrived at the scene the 63-year-old turned aggressive and refused to leave, telling police: "If you don't stand over there, I will kick the f***ing s*** out of you," Chronicle Live reports.

He was arrested for breaching the peace but still kicked an officer in the leg.

After being taken to a police station, he disgustingly smeared his own excrement around his cell.

Prosecutor Lesley Burgess told North Tyneside Magistrates' Court : "The kick made contact but didn't leave any injury.

"The criminal damage then comes while the defendant is in police custody and he's smeared excrement over the police cell while inside there."

It cost Northumbria Police £130 to clean up the dirty protest.

Janice Hall, in Collard's defence, said he has significant mental health issues. He also had no previous convictions.

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She said: "He suffered a stroke three years ago and has significant cognitive delay. He's got very little recollection of the incident.

"He can't even explain how he came to be at the hotel."

Collard has been given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a total of £230 compensation after he pleaded guilty to the crimes of assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.

Sentencing Collard, District Judge Paul Currer said: "You're a man with no previous convictions and had encountered many health difficulties recently.

"I'm of the view I can take an exceptional course of action with this case."

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