Man jailed after spitting at Metro staff and police officers in Newcastle

Anthony Minett Newcastle mug shot
Anthony Minett Credit: Northumbria Police

Police and Nexus have condemned the “disgusting” actions of a man who spat at Tyne and Wear Metro staff and the officers who turned up to arrest him.

Anthony Minett, 31, is now behind bars after confronting a customer service advisor on Newcastle Central Station’s Metro ticket concourse shortly after 10pm on June 26.

After the Nexus staff member informed the offender that he was unfit to travel, Minett slapped him and spat on his shoulder.

Minutes later, officers from Northumbria Police and British Transport Police (BTP) stopped Minett on nearby Grainger Street – where he racially abused one of the BTP officers and spat at him.

Minett, of Harehills Tower, Kenton, was arrested and taken into custody.


On June 29, he admitted racially aggravated common assault and assault of an emergency worker when he appeared before magistrates in North Tyneside. He was jailed for 16 weeks.

Police say he should be "ashamed of his actions".