Six months in jail for Metro attacker
A man who assaulted two passengers on a Tyne and Wear Metro in
Sunderland has been jailed for six months.
Jake Lancaster was sentenced at Sunderland Magistrates’
Court on Wednesday, 12 December after pleading guilty to two counts
of assault and a public order offence onboard Sunderland Metros in
The court heard how on Sunday, 11 November, Lancaster was
travelling on a Metro between Millfield and Pallion stations when
he got into an altercation with a woman. Suddenly Lancaster lashed
out at her, spitting in her face before kicking her in the head and
pouring beer from a can he was carrying.
Witnessing the attack, another passenger stepped in between the
pair, in an attempt to stop the attack. However, Lancaster hit out
at him and punched him in the head. The second
victim was left with bruising to his face, eye and jaw.
The court also heard that Lancaster’s attacks continued, when he
assaulted another man at St Peter’s Metro station a week later on
Friday, 23 November. Passengers waiting on the platform were left
fearing for their own safety and BTP officers were alerted.
sentenced to three months each for the common assault offences, to
run concurrently, and a further three months for public order,
which is to run consecutively.
PC Dave Burns, the investigating officer, said: “I hope this
sentencing sends a strong message that violent behaviour will not
be tolerated on the Metro network by police or the courts and
officers will do all they can to bring those responsible to