A DRUNK Newcastle United fan chanted his team’s songs in a busy Sunderland city bar while wearing a black and white shirt.
Doormen advised Ross-Lee Prudham he should leave the Life of Riley pub after he started singing Toon Army songs in the heart of their rivals’ home city.
There he was, sporting his Newcastle United colours, singing Newcastle United songs and chanting slogans in a Sunderland pub, so the door staff were genuinely concerned.Jamie Adams, defending
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 18-year-old initially left without problem, but came back and started lashing out at the bouncers, armed with a knife.
Nobody was injured during the incident on December 19 last year.
Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court: “He was shouting ‘Toon Army’ and other chants which Newcastle supporters would normally sing and shout.
“Doorstaff took the view perhaps this could create potential disorder and therefore asked the defendant to leave, which he did.
“He then ran back inside and was detained in the lobby.
“At that point he began lashing out at the two doorstaff and had to be bodily carried from the premises.
“As the staff placed him on the ground he produced a knife and another struggle took place. He was immediately disarmed.”
Prudham, of Alnwick Street, Washington, who has previous convictions, admitted having a bladed article.
Judge Penny Moreland sentenced him to a community order for 12 months with supervision and 150 hours’ unpaid work.
The judge told him: “You were in a bar in Sunderland and you were chanting Newcastle United songs.
“The doormen saw there was potential for disorder and they asked you to leave, but you weren’t having it.
“You had to be restrained and in the course of that you produced a knife from your sock.
“You have to understand, if you continue to behave like this, you will be spending more and more time in court and ultimately time in custody.”
Jamie Adams, defending, said Prudham is a “vulnerable young man” who was not acting out of malice that night.
Mr Adams said: “There he was, sporting his Newcastle United colours, singing Newcastle United songs and chanting slogans in a Sunderland pub, so the door staff were genuinely concerned.
“They were converned, not just for anything that might occur, but for him as well.”
Mr Adams said Prudham has enrolled on a college course and is willing to work with those who are trying to help him.