A THUG who targeted nurses at A&E was spared a prison spell over his latest tirade.

David Gibson was at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton.

The 37-year-old used threatening, insulting or abusive behaviour towards two women working there.

He also attacked PC Daniel Head and Alexander Theobald which included spitting.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court he admitted two counts of harassment and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker on February 12 this year.

He also admitted being drunk and disorderly at Seaside Road, Eastbourne on February 23.

Magistrate Ian Goodwin heard how Gibson had “targeted nurses at the Royal Sussex County Hospital”.

But the magistrates decided that the probation service was able to work with Gibson to improve his behaviour.

He was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence.

Gibson, of Kings Road, Brighton, was ordered to complete 12 months of alcohol dependency treatment with Change Grow Live, and was ordered to do 25 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.

He must also pay £175 in compensation to the two nurses and police officers.