Rothbury man guilty of assaults

A ROTHBURY man has pleaded guilty to three assaults and resisting arrest after an incident in the village this month.

Lee Michael Gale, of High Street, will be sentenced in three weeks’ time after his case was adjourned at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday).

The court heard how the 42-year-old tried to force his way into Karl Reay’s home in Allerdene Court and in the course of the struggle bit him on the arm.

He subsequently kicked Mr Reay’s neighbour Sandy Higson and her friend Carole Bailey in the stomach and entered Mrs Higson’s flat before leaving claiming it was the wrong property.

When PC Andrew Welsh turned up at the scene Gale struggled and had to be restrained.

David Cornberg, defending, said that Gale’s offences were an ‘isolated incident’ and the court heard that Gale has mental health issues for which he has received counselling in the past.

The case was adjourned to Monday, May 21, at 2pm for a full probation report to be prepared. Gale is on unconditional bail.