Night ended in drunken fight

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A night out in Bridlington ended badly for two men from Nafferton when they were arrested for fighting, a court heard.

Ben Cross, 25, from Priestgate Close, and Peter Stonehouse, 30, of St. Quintin Field, were arrested outside the Basement nightclub at around 4.30am on January 4, East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard.

But the man who they were fighting against told magistrates that it was all his fault.

Standing alongside the pair in the dock, Jonathan Chadwick, 29, of Promenade, Bridlington, said: “The fact that I was drunk and abusive is the reason all three of us are here today so I would like to apologise to them and to the court.

Chadwick told the court he was a recovering alcoholic and that prior to the night of the fight he hadn’t had a drink for three years.

He added: “Not drinking has helped keep me out of trouble.”

Prosecuting, Colette Dixon said CCTV captured the incident in which the men “squared up to each other.”

She said Chadwick threw punches at Cross and Stonehouse, and that each of the men threw them back. The CCTV footage included Stonehouse kicking and punching Chadwick when he was on the floor, the court heard.

Cross and Stonehouse had been out drinking in Nafferton, but went to Bridlington at about 11.30pm to continue drinking, the court heard

Chairman of the bench, Mrs A. Booth told the men they were all in this together.

She said: “You might enjoy a good scrap but you must accept that it is frightening for other people.”

Each of the defendants pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge. The must each also pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.