Birtley man who threatened to kill police officer's family jailed for 'catalogue of offences'

Mark Baird was jailed for 18 months
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A man who carried out a "catalogue of offences", which included threatening to kill a police officer's family, has been jailed.

Mark Baird committed a series of serious offences over a three month period, which involved assaulting a police officer, criminal damage, drugs possession and assaulting an Amazon delivery driver. The 32-year-old, who is no stranger to the courts, has now been put behind bars for the spree.

Baird, of Ambleside Court, Birtley, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, via link from HMP Durham, to be sentenced for offences of possession of class C drugs, assault of an emergency worker, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage, common assault and a public order offence. The offences were committed between November 21 last year, and February 22 this year.

The court was told Baird was in possession of the class C drug, temazepam, on November 21 last year before going on to assault a security guard three days later. Baird was in a B&M store in Sunderland when he assaulted the man, knocking out his tooth in the process.

On November 30, Baird assaulted a police officer in Sunderland and was again found in possession of temazepam. Recorder David Gordon, said: "You had been arrested for breach of a community prevention order and became angry. You threatened the officer and said you would set his house on fire and made threats to kill his wife and children. You kicked the officer, causing him pain."

The court was told that on December 13, Baird was in an Iceland store in Sunderland when he caused damage to goods. He smashed a bottle and threw items on the floor, leaving staff frightened. On the same day, he threw mud and stones at a Northumbria Police vehicle, before walking into a police station and handing himself in.

Baird then committed another serious assault on February 22 this year. This time against an Amazon delivery driver. Recorder Gordon added: "He had the appearance of being Asian, a fact you'd noticed and became abusive in racial terms. You punched him in his arm and threw a bottle of lager at his leg.

"Police attended and you were arrested. You resisted arrest and a Taser was drawn."

Kate Barnes, defending, said Baird "wishes to change" and is willing to work with the authorities who can help him '"rather than him sitting in prison a bit longer and coming out no further forward".

Jailing him for 18 months, Recorder Gordon said Baird had committed a "catalogue of offences" and also handed him a three year criminal behaviour order.