Man threw chips and kicked sign

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A 28-year-old man threw his chips on the floor and knocked over a sign after an “heated exchange”, magistrates heard.

Mark David Clubley, of Manorfield Avenue, Driffield, admitted to using threatening words or behaviour within the proximity of a person likely to be caused distress by his actions, on Saturday 5 October in Driffield.

Bridlington magistrates heard from Andrew Vaughan, prosecution solicitor, who said Clubley had been refused entry to the Original Keys pub.

He said: “He goes back about 6pm in the evening and again is told he is on Pub Watch.”

Mr Vaughan said Clubley went into the pub’s beer garden, threw his bag of chips to the ground and knocked over an advertisement board.

In mitigation for Clubley, Lindsey Kirk said: “A very foolish incident. Mr Clubley was simply walking home after having a few drinks with his partner.

“He bumped into the gentleman who he has had altercations with in the past.

“There was a heated exchange. As a result he became frustrated.”

She described his decision to throw his chips on the floor as “a little bit childish”.

“He shouldn’t have allowed himself to be baited by this gentleman,” added Miss Kirk.

The presiding magistrate in court on Wednesday 19 February was Alan Hardman. He imposed a 12-month conditional discharge on Clubley, along with court costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.

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