Instagram vs reality: How crooks’ social media snaps compare to their court appearances

Social media feeds are filled with snaps that have been edited to perfection and we all know most people share idealised versions of themselves.

But these side-by-side shots reveal what people look like away from the filters, FaceTuning and careful posing.

From drink-driving to smuggling drugs into prison, no one looks perfect all of the time.

Here, MailOnline looks at how crooks’ social media snaps compare to their court appearances.

Michelle Felton – Specsavers worker who spammed her ex with more than 1,000 texts in bid to get him back

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Michelle Felton (pictured), who works for Specsavers, was so infatuated with Ryan Harley she rang or messaged him up to 150 times each day after he broke up with her

This woman drove her ex-boyfriend to the brink of suicide by spamming him with more than 1,000 text messages begging him to take her back.

Michelle Felton, who works for Specsavers, was so infatuated with Ryan Harley she rang or messaged him up to 150 times each day after he broke up with her.

The couple began dating in May 2020 but split up in February last year after an argument in which Mr Harley accidentally broke Felton’s finger and she kicked him in the groin. 

Mr Harley, who lives with his mother in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, eventually called in police when Felton began leaving gifts on his doorstep. 

Mr Harley accused Felton of controlling him during their 21-month relationship.

At Chester magistrates’ court, Felton admitted harassment after her not guilty plea to coercive behaviour was accepted by prosecutors.

She was bailed for sentencing but could face up to six months behind bars.

Lewis Hughes – Estate agent who admitted assaulting chief medical officer Chris Whitty 

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Lewis Hughes (pictured) admitted to the attack which took place in St James’s Park in 2021 and was handed a suspended sentence

This estate agent was filmed with his arm around England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty in central London. He admitted assault but was spared jail.

Lewis Hughes admitted to the attack which took place in St James’s Park in 2021 and was handed a suspended sentence.

A second man, Jonathan Chew, from Chelmsford, Essex, pleaded not guilty to the same charge. 

Senior district judge Paul Goldspring told Hughes: ‘He (Prof Whitty) goes about his very difficult job without the expectation of yobs like you accosting him, assaulting him.

‘And to compound it all, he was further humiliated by that video being posted.’

Hughes, who wore a suit to the hearing, was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for two years and was ordered to pay a total of £307 in fines and compensation. 

Bernadette Halliwell – Single mother who went on drunken 50-mile motorway drive with her son in the back

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Bernadette Halliwell (pictured) was stopped on the M6 near Keele services in Staffordshire during the evening rush hour after she was caught weaving around the carriageway

This single mother went on a drunken 50-mile motorway drive with her 15-month-old son in the back of her BMW but avoided jail.

Bernadette Halliwell was stopped on the M6 near Keele services in Staffordshire during the evening rush hour last year after she was caught weaving around the carriageway.

Halliwell was on her way to buy her son a slide she had seen on the internet when she got pulled over.

The mother-of-one, a carer from Kearsley, Bolton, was detained on suspicion of drink driving but failed to give a breath test at the roadside due to her not blowing into the machine properly.

She later admitted drinking wine ahead of her journey and claimed she had only been driving erratically because she had got lost and ‘flustered’, momentarily taking her eyes off the road to pick up her son’s baby bottle which had fallen.

After the incident, Halliwell was ordered to face court and given an interim driving ban.

However, she was subsequently caught driving the same BMW 116 vehicle while subject to her ban and falsely gave her sister’s name as the driver to try and avoid repercussions.

At Wigan magistrates court Halliwell admitted to failing to provide a specimen of breath, being drunk in charge of a child, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

The single mother escaped jail time and instead was ordered to complete a two-year community order and was banned from driving for 18 months.

Jonathan Chew – Thug who jeered at Chris Whitty while he was held in a headlock

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Jonathan Chew (pictured) approached England’s chief medical officer as he walked through St James’s Park in Westminster on June 27, 2021

This thug jeered at Professor Sir Chris Whitty while he was held in a headlock sang ‘West Ham til I die’ and vaped in court as he was handed his prison sentence last year.

Jonathan Chew approached England’s chief medical officer as he walked through St James’s Park in Westminster on June 27, 2021.

Footage of the incident, lasting around 20 seconds and showing Chew alongside former estate agent Lewis Hughes, was widely shared on social media.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Chew, of Chelmsford, Essex, admitted a charge of intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress to Prof Sir Chris. 

He also admitted obstructing Pc Steven Ozden. 

District judge Paul Goldspring jailed Chew for eight weeks and ordered him to pay £1,058 in costs and compensation.

It came after the judge interrupted proceedings to order Chew to stop vaping in the dock.

Megan Woodham – Female prison worker who smuggled ketamine to a jailed drugs kingpin

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Prison health worker Megan Woodham (pictured) would sneak narcotics to banged-up drugs baron Daniel Doran in HMP Risley, Warrington, Cheshire

This female prison worker smuggled ketamine to a jailed drugs kingpin and sobbed as she was sentenced to six years behind bars.

Prison health worker Megan Woodham would sneak narcotics to banged-up drugs baron Daniel Doran in HMP Risley, Warrington, Cheshire.

Liverpool Crown Court also heard the crooked jail worker used her home as a ‘safehouse’ for a wider, multi-million pound cocaine ring.

Woodham was one of three people jailed for a total of 34 years after being busted by police.

She was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and ketamine between December 2021 and February 2022.

Woodham, of Pemberton, Wigan, was jailed alongside fellow criminals Kelsey Higgins and Doran. 

Doran was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, while Higgins was locked for 13 and a half years – both for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Andrew Greenslade – Roofer who was banned from the roads after he was caught drink-driving in his Bentley

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 Andrew Greenslade (pictured) had publicly boasted on Facebook how he had part-exchanged his old car for the grey Continental GT Auto

This roofer earning £200-a-week was banned from the roads after he was caught drink-driving in his newly acquired modified Bentley worth £28,000.

Andrew Greenslade had publicly boasted on Facebook how he had part-exchanged his old car for the grey Continental GT Auto – and even jokingly apologised to his long term partner for the purchase.

But last year, the father-of-two was arrested after he drove the 198mph six litre Bentley home drunk following lunch at his local pub where he had been raising a few glasses to his late mother who had died in 2021.

Officers responding to reports the car was being driven at excessive speed around the area traced the vehicle outside Greenslade’s modest end-terrace home in Wilmslow, Cheshire and found him asleep in the front driver’s seat.

Tests showed he was more than twice the alcohol limit.

At Crewe Magistrates’ Court, Greenslade admitted driving with excess alcohol and was disqualified from driving for 22 months.

Amy Newall – Mother-of-two who enjoyed drinks in the pub after escaping jail for a drunken foul-mouthed tirade

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Amy Newall (pictured), from Liverpool, was pictured punching the air in delight before downing pints of lager

This unrepentant mother-of-two threw up her arms in celebration and enjoyed drinks in the pub – just minutes after escaping jail for a drunken foul-mouthed tirade against police.

Amy Newall, from Liverpool, was pictured punching the air in delight before downing pints of lager after her lawyer persuaded a judge to free her by claiming she was ‘sorry’ for her behaviour and she claimed to have given up drinking.

The jailbird was arrested in March last year over an expletive-laden and homophobic rant against an officer while being taken to a police station before abusing the rest of the officers when being brought to the cells.

During her rampage, Ms Newall headbutted the clear plastic Perspex of a police van and spat on the floor telling one PC: ‘I am going to smash your head off, you f***ing grass, you f***ing grassing b*****d. ‘You are f***ing dead you little f****t.’

Inquiries revealed she had a string of previous convictions and had previously been to jail for assaulting a police officer.

Ayshea Gunn – Woman who had a fling with ‘dangerous’ HMP Berwyn inmate Khuram Razaq

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Ayshea Gunn (pictured) had a fling with ‘dangerous’ Berwyn inmate Khuram Razaq

This woman had a fling with ‘dangerous’ Berwyn inmate Khuram Razaq.

Ayshea Gunn, from Wrexham, was photographed in public for the first time this week since leaving jail. 

She had been sentenced to 12 months in prison at Mold Crown Court in 2019 after admitting misconduct in a public office for enjoying steamy trysts with the convicted armed robber while working at the prison.

She was photographed kissing Razaq, who was serving a 12-year sentence for conspiracy to rob, in his cell and exchanged more than 1,200 phone calls, including explicit video calls, with him in less than five months working at HMP Berwyn.

MailOnline has learned that the criminology and psychology graduate has now embarked on a new career with a fashion company based in nearby Llangollen – and lives alone in a modern top-floor flat near Wrexham with her dog, a chihuahua cross.

When approached and asked about her criminal past she expressed frustration that her case had come back to public attention because of Gavan being jailed – and said she has tried hard to turn her life around.

Gunn told MailOnline: ‘I’ve moved on. It’s annoying this has all been dragged up again because another female guard has been jailed for the same offence.

‘I didn’t know her [Jennifer Gavan]. We never worked together.’

Cassandra Austin-Kaye – Former public schoolgirl who was caught driving while almost twice over the alcohol limit

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Cassandra Austin-Kaye (pictured) is thought to have been giving a friend a lift home when she was stopped behind the wheel of her VW Polo after officers spotted her driving erratically near the kerb

This former public schoolgirl was caught driving while almost twice over the alcohol limit and was fined £150 last year.

Cassandra Austin-Kaye was thought to have been giving a friend a lift home when she was stopped behind the wheel of her VW Polo after officers spotted her driving erratically near the kerb.

A roadside breath test showed she had 63 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35 mg. She admitted drinking two glasses of wine in the run-up to the incident. 

At Chester magistrates court, Austin-Kaye – whose late father Tony was a successful jeweller in the city – admitted driving with excess alcohol and was banned from the roads for 18 months.

The arrest took place after Austin-Kaye – who, according to her Facebook page, attended the £37,515 per year Moreton Hall school in Oswestry, Shropshire – had a visit from a friend at her £1.1m family home in the Cheshire village of Saighton.

Kirsty Ogden – Estate agent who crashed her Mercedes into a bus stop while over double the limit

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Kirsty Ogden (pictured) drank ‘three or four’ drinks at a work leaving party before getting behind the wheel and was told she was lucky no one had been hurt

This drunk-driving estate agent crashed her Mercedes into a bus stop while over double the limit before trying to flee police on foot.

Kirsty Ogden drank ‘three or four’ drinks at a work leaving party before getting behind the wheel and was told she was lucky no one had been hurt.

She appeared in Bromley Magistrates’ Court in south London, where she pleaded guilty to driving the white Mercedes with excess alcohol in her breath in Charlton Park Road on July 15 last year.

She was also fined £300 and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Ogden, of Woolwich, had 78 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath, while the legal limit for driving is 35 micrograms per 100ml.

Kay Ruscoe – Nursery nurse who was banned from the roads after she was caught drink-driving

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Kay Ruscoe (pictured) tested more than twice the alcohol limit after she lost control of her Vauxhall Astra as she travelled to a friend’s home following a 60th birthday party

This nursery nurse was banned from the roads for almost two years last year after she was caught drink-driving while celebrating a rare evening away without her young daughter.

Kay Ruscoe tested more than twice the alcohol limit after she lost control of her Vauxhall Astra as she travelled to a friend’s home following a 60th birthday party.

Ruscoe, of Prenton in Birkenhead, Merseyside had earlier arranged childcare for her three-year-old girl in one of her first nights out in months but drank heavily at the bash before being invited to the friend’s home.

Police spotted her driving over a junction, mounting the kerb and nearly colliding with a fence.

At Wirral magistrates court she admitted driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 22 months.

Terri Parker – Barmaid who left a little boy scarred for life after she drunkenly crashed her BMW

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Terri Parker (pictured) left the six-year-old with a broken arm, broken leg and a cut to the forehead after she ploughed her 320D SE car into a stationary vehicle

This barmaid left a little boy scarred for life after she drunkenly crashed her BMW while almost three times the alcohol limit last year but avoided jail.

Terri Parker left the six-year-old with a broken arm, broken leg and a cut to the forehead after she ploughed her 320D SE car into a stationary vehicle and then a fence while speeding around a bend.

Inquiries revealed the crash occurred while the boy and a six-month-old child, who escaped unhurt, were passengers in the back of the BMW.

A court heard the boy who was not wearing a seatbelt, now has a ‘significant scar’ to the side of his face and walks with a limp.

Parker, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, who had been looking after the youngsters later claimed she had been binge drinking after the death of her new-born daughter.

Tests showed she had 238 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in her system, the legal limit being 80mg.

At Warrington Magistrates’ Court, Parker pleaded guilty to drink driving and two charges of being drunk in charge of the children – both of whom cannot be identified for legal reasons. 

She was sentenced to eight weeks in jail but the term was suspended for 12 months.

Catherine Morgan – Teenage girl who smashed into a house after getting behind the wheel while drunk

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Catherine Morgan (pictured), who only passed her test weeks earlier, left the bonnet wedged into the house after driving drunk and without insurance

This teenage girl smashed into a house after getting behind the wheel while drunk and causing £10,000 in damage. She avoided prison.

Catherine Morgan, who only passed her test weeks earlier, left the bonnet wedged into the house after driving drunk and without insurance.

A court heard she was three times over the drink drive limit when she smashed into the ground floor flat in a black VW Caddy van.

Prosecutor Olivia Samuel said Morgan caused £7,900 of repairs in the scene of destruction as well as damage to personal items in the home in Swansea, South Wales.

Police were called to the scene to find ‘substantial’ internal and external damage after the incident at midnight on Christmas Eve in 2021.

The flat owner said she now felt afraid to stay in her bedroom which used to be a ‘safe space where I could feel calm and relaxed’.

Morgan was sentenced to ten weeks in prison, suspended for 15 months.

She was also ordered to attend twenty rehabilitation activity requirements and made subject to a nine month mental health treatment requirement.

Morgan was disqualified from driving for 36 months and ordered to pay £400 compensation.

Laura Lyons – Mother who drove her Audi with her two young children inside while almost four times over limit

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Laura Lyons (pictured) was breath tested by police after they found her dazed behind the wheel of her car in Urmston, Greater Manchester, on January 15 last year

This mother drove her Audi with her two young children inside while almost four times the alcohol limit and was banned from driving – as a magistrate blasted her decision as ‘reckless, foolish and irresponsible’. 

Laura Lyons was breath tested by police after they found her dazed behind the wheel of her car in Urmston, Greater Manchester, on January 15 last year, where she had pulled over after an apparent seizure.

The receptionist was arrested as a reading showed she had 132 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Inquiries revealed that Lyons had driven the youngsters in her A6 S-Line vehicle in order to drop them off with their grandmother and that she had been drinking ‘the night before’. 

At Manchester Magistrates Court, Lyons admitted being drunk in charge of a car and was banned from driving for 32 months.

She was also ordered to a complete a 12 month community order, 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £180 in costs and surcharges.

Robynne Adair – Cosmetics executive who was slapped with driving ban after she was caught drunk behind wheel

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Robynne Adair (pictured) tested more than twice the alcohol limit after police spotted her VW Tiguan being driven slowly and erratically along a country lane

This cosmetics executive was slapped with a three-year driving ban after she was caught drunk behind the wheel heading home from a colleague’s leaving party in 2021. 

Robynne Adair tested more than twice the alcohol limit after police spotted her VW Tiguan being driven slowly and erratically along a country lane.

The former fashion buyer, who earns £48,000 a year as a brand merchandiser for Amelia Knight Cosmetics in Knutsford, Cheshire, later claimed she had been ‘pressured’ into attending the event on the last working day before Christmas.

She also said disqualification would condemn her to a five hour round trip via bus and train and on foot to make the 16 mile journey to work from her home in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Tests showed Adair had 80 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. 

Inquiries revealed she had previously been banned for 20-months for drink driving in 2012 when she was studying at Manchester Metropolitan University.

At Stockport magistrates court, Adair, who got a first class honours degree in design and technology, admitted driving with excess alcohol and was given a three-year ban. She was also fined £576 with £143 costs.

Elizabeth McKnight – Motorist who refused a breath test when police found her drunk on the side of a busy road

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Elizabeth McKnight (pictured) twice refused to give the sample after police approached her on a grass verge by her stationary Nissan Qashqai in Chester on August 6 last year

This motorist refused a breath test when police found her drunk on the side of a busy road and avoided jail after she claimed she didn’t start drinking until after her car broke down.

Elizabeth McKnight twice refused to give the sample after police approached her on a grass verge by her stationary Nissan Qashqai in Chester on August 6 last year. 

The mother-of-two, of Bromborough on the Wirral, Cheshire, told officers she’d downed two bottles of wine on the road while waiting for her father to come and collect her after her car broke down.

She also said she had thrown away two empty bottles of wine further up the embankment but officers found no bottles on the verge – instead discovering a near-empty bottle of wine in the footwell of the car.

Inquiries revealed the Nissan was also uninsured.

McKnight appeared in Chester Magistrates Court where she admitted to failing to provide a specimen of breath.

She faced a possible six month jail sentence but was instead given a 12 month community corrections order, had her licence suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 60 hours unpaid work plus an additional 20 rehabilitation activity days with the probation service.

She was further ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge of £234.

Claire Lyon – Corporate head-hunter who was banned from driving after she failed a breath test while on a boozy 2am drive to buy an 89p McDonald’s hamburger

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Claire Lyon (pictured) was detained by police during a routine traffic stop after she forgot to switch on the headlights of her loan car

This corporate head-hunter was banned from driving last year and hit with a £2,000 legal bill after she failed a breath test while on a boozy 2am drive to buy an 89p McDonald’s hamburger.

Claire Lyon was detained by police during a routine traffic stop after she forgot to switch on the headlights of her loan car.

The business executive who earns £61,000 a year as a senior talent acquisition partner at a data analytics company, gave a positive breath sample at the roadside but declined to take a further test at the police station declaring: ‘No, I would like to go to court.

The incident occurred after Lyon had guzzled two glasses of wine during a night in with friends.

She was about to return home to her country cottage from Pickmere, near Knutsford, Cheshire, when she was asked by a friend to take her to an all-night burger bar.

At Chester Magistrates’ Court Lyon admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath and was disqualified from driving for 20 months. She was also fined £1,383 with £673 in costs and a victim surcharge.

Jenna Basravi – Bullied schoolgirl’s mother who was arrested for drink-driving as she flagged down police

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Jenna Basravi (pictured) shouted: ‘Pull over! Turn around and stop!’ at the officer from the window of her Mini Cooper when she spotted the youngsters loitering on the street

This bullied schoolgirl’s desperate mother was arrested for drink-driving last year as she flagged down a police patrol after coming face-to-face with her daughter’s tormenters.

Jenna Basravi shouted: ‘Pull over! Turn around and stop!’ at the officer from the window of her Mini Cooper when she spotted the youngsters loitering on the street.

But Basravi was herself detained after the officer realised she had been drinking heavily, breathalysed her, and found she was more than twice the alcohol limit. 

It is not clear whether the patrolman spoke to the youngsters.

At Sefton magistrates court, near Liverpool, married mother-of-three Basravi of Southport who had never previously been in trouble with police admitted drink-driving and was banned from the roads for 17 months. 

Ilayda Tomes – Teetotal teaching assistant who was caught drink-driving after she was ‘pressured’ into drinking 

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Ilayda Tomes (pictured), of Wilmslow, Cheshire, claimed she had been ‘pressured’ into downing wine at a restaurant by her friends

This teetotal teaching assistant was caught drink-driving in her new Mercedes after she was ‘pressured’ into drinking alcohol. She lost her job and her licence.  

Ilayda Tomes, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, claimed she had been ‘pressured’ into downing wine at a restaurant by her friends before she was stopped for drink-driving on August 13, 2021.

After leaving the restaurant, the former art historian said she had offered two men a lift home as she was concerned they might follow three women home, the court heard.

But police spotted her two-month-old silver C Class AMG vehicle clipping a kerb whilst being driven at 50mph in a 30mph zone. 

Tomes, formerly of Antalya, Turkey, was stopped at the scene near her £800,000 home and found to be almost twice the alcohol limit.

Tests showed Tomes, who does not drink for religious reasons, had 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – above the legal limit of 35mg.

Tomes, who helped assist special needs children at a school in Holmes Chapel, wept as she admitted driving with excess alcohol at Stockport Magistrates Court.

She was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £230 with £119 costs.

Jordan Knight – Mother-of-one who was banned from the roads after being caught driving her Audi A3 six points over the drink-drive limit

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Businesswoman Jordan Knight (pictured) was pulled over and breathalysed outside a restaurant after she was earlier spotted driving erratically on the M56 motorway in Cheshire

This single-mother-of-one wept in court as she was banned from the roads for a year after being caught driving her Audi A3 six points over the drink-drive limit. 

Businesswoman Jordan Knight was pulled over and breathalysed outside a restaurant last year after she was earlier spotted driving erratically on the M56 motorway in Cheshire.

Tests showed she had 41 micrograms of alcohol in 100 mililitres of breath.

Knight, who lives at a farmhouse in the remote village of Shocklach near Malpas, wept at Warrington Magistrates Court as she feared her automatic driving ban would leave her stranded at home and unable to run her solo-run cleaning business which services rural homes and livery stables. 

Knight was banned from driving for 12 months and was fined £80 and ordered to pay a £92 victim surcharge. 

Kimberley Blyth – Woman who kicked a police officer and ‘threatened to bite her nose off’

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Kimberley Blyth (pictured) went into an ’emotional spiral’ on a ‘rare night out’ in Middlesbrough after she left a bar without her bag containing her ‘entire life’

This woman kicked a police officer and ‘threatened to bite her nose off’ after a row with bouncers over her handbag but was spared jail.

Kimberley Blyth went into an ’emotional spiral’ on a ‘rare night out’ in Middlesbrough after she left a bar without her bag containing her ‘entire life’. 

She got ‘carried away’ on August, 26, 2022, but it ended with a stand-off when she wasn’t allowed to go back into a pub to get her handbag.

When arrested the Hartlepool woman launched an attack on a police officer and was caught carrying cannabis. 

Blyth appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and possessing a controlled drug of class B. 

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