Man in court over Sunderland chicken shop fracas

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A REVELLER ended up in court after arguing with police and staff in a fast food shop.

Police ordered Stephen Stoker, from Town End Farm in Sunderland, to move away from The Point nightclub in Sunderland, after door staff claimed he was causing trouble.

But just 10 minutes later, they were called to King Chicken, near Park Lane Interchange, where the 25-year-old was shouting at staff and customers.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “He was refusing to move away from the front of the queue.

“He swore at the officer and when he was told he was going to arrest him, replied, ‘Go on, try it.’

Stoker, of Brockley Street, was arrested and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

Peter Thubron, defending, said Stoker was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“It was not him they were removing at The Point.

“They were removing another person, but while they were trying to do that, he came to their notice.

“He went across the road to get his chicken. Some people were causing a fuss and he goes in and goes in there and tells them they should not be causing a fuss.

“The police turned up and he spoke in less than pleasant terms to them.

“So that is it – wrong place, wrong time.”

Magistrates gave Stoker a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.