After a night out in Morpeth town centre Paul Lawson, 52, a retired police officer was being driven home by his wife. As they left the car park a beer can was thrown at their car by a gang member. Mr Lawson confronted the gang.
Being a former officer, Mr Lawson had intended to make a citizens arrest but was quickly surrounded by 12 gang members and told to leave or he would be killed. The gang also informed him they'd wreck his car if they saw it in the town again.
Mr Lawson spoke to patrolling officers who proceeded to ignore him and not take down any details. A gang member later said Mr Lawson assaulted him and Lawson was quickly summoned to a police station and arrested.