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A PAIR of drunken teenagers who smashed three cars after a house party, causing £1,400 damage, have been hit in the pocket.

Jamie Popov and Shane Martin jumped on car bonnets and roofs and punched and kicked windows on doors in a wrecking spree between Westoe Crown Village and the Coast Road, in South Shields.

Popov, 19, and Martin, 18, both of Summerhill, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to three charges each of criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week and returned this week to be sentenced.

After reading reports about the pair from the probation service, magistrates gave them both community orders.

As part of his six-month order, Popov must abide by a curfew between 7pm and 7am every Friday and Saturday, while Martin must be supervised by the probation service for 12 months and carry out 250 hours’ unpaid work.

Both must pay £375 to the owners of the cars they damaged.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said the spree took place on June 4, when cars outside homes in the Coast Road, Brass Thill Way, and The Broadway, South Shields, were dented by the pair.

One of the victims, whose two-week-old Audi TT was damaged, made a statement which was read out in court.

It said: “I am absolutely devastated that a car I have worked hard to pay for has been mindlessly damaged on my own driveway.”

Vic Laffey, defending Martin, said: “On occasions, my client drinks too much.

“It is very difficult to mitigate an act of criminal damage, because it is hard to work out the motivation behind it.”

Defending himself, Popov said he was sorry and knows that he drinks too much.

Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette

Shane Martin.

Shane Martin.



A TEENAGER armed with a martial arts weapon threatened visitors and staff at South Tyneside’s hospital maternity unit.

Shane Martin and two friends were told to leave the grounds of the borough’s District Hospital after being refused entry in the early hours of November 6 last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the group continued to try to get in, while women giving birth and being looked after inside could hear their drunken threats and abuse.

When a security guard tried to usher them away, Martin, 18 – who was armed with a set of nunchucks – directed a torrent of abuse and threats at him.

Judge John Milford yesterday jailed Martin, of Summerhill, Jarrow, for eight months after he pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.

The judge said anyone who behaves in such a way inside hospital grounds can expect to go to jail.

Debbie Breen, prosecuting, told the court Martin had turned up at the hospital in Harton Lane, South Shields, with his pals in tow, to confront a patient’s stepfather over an earlier row.

Miss Breen told the court: “The security guard said he could immediately see they had been drinking.

“They were shouting outside the doors and trying to gain access to the maternity department.”

She added: “They all became abusive towards the security guard.

“The defendant was very agitated. He is described as being in the security guard’s face.

“He was shouting and swearing, and threats were directed towards the stepfather of a patient.”

The court heard a second security guard came to try to calm the trouble, and the police were called.

While staff waited for officers to arrive, Martin was shouting “I will kill you all” and continued to hurl foul abuse.

Miss Breen said: “The verbal abuse could be heard by patients within the unit.”

By the time police arrived, Martin had thrown the nunchucks – which he did not produce during the incident – into a bush, but they were recovered by officers.

Judge Milford jailed Martin after hearing he was on bail for offences of criminal damage at the time of the incident.

He said: “Over a period of about half an hour you shouted, swore and used threatening language.

“You will go straight to custody, as will anyone who acts in this manner and carries a weapon at a hospital.”

Vic Laffey, defending, said Martin accepts he was “very foolish” that night.

Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette