A DRUNK reveller shouted and swore on a bus before pushing the conductor off the vehicle.
Paul John Reed, 28, started “causing problems” with a friend on the Stagecoach number six service on the afternoon of Saturday, May 14.
Reed, who lives in Wynyard Mews, Hartlepool, was approached by the conducter who asked the men to quieten down.
They ignored his pleas and the bus was forced to stop in the town’s York Road while they waited for the police who had been called.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that Reed then walked towards the front of the bus and pushed Clark twice.
Anne Mitchell, prosecuting, said that Reed pushed Clark with his right hand and then again with both hands causing him to fall off the bus before kneeing him.
Neil Taylor, mitigating, accepted the charge but denied that Reed kneed Clark.
Mr Taylor said: “He accepts that he was drunk and he accepts the charge but doesn’t accept that he kneed the gentleman.
“The CCTV footage doesn’t show him kneeing him.”
Nigel Winter, operations manager for Stagecoach North East, said: “Incidents such as these are rare but we take them very seriously.
“The safety and wellbeing of our staff and passengers is of utmost importance to us and behaviour such as this one will not be tolerated.”
Reed pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating and will appear again before magistrates on Friday, June 17.
He was bailed unconditionally.