‘Ugly’ violence outside Hartlepool pizza shop

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A PIZZA shop customer who injured another man in a drink fuelled fracas has been ordered to carry out community service.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Adrian Craigs, 29, was looking for trouble and was arguing with staff and customers inside Olivito’s in York Road, Hartlepool.

He pushed one man to the floor and barged past a woman before grabbing hold of Darren Wass’s waistcoat.

It sparked a scuffle which spilled outside when Craigs, who admitted affray, pushed Mr Wass causing him to stumble backward.

He hit his head on a bin causing a cut above his left eye, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield.

Mr Hadfield added: “The victim was stood inside the doorway when the defendant ran at the victim and they started to fight.

“The victim was thrown backwards. The defendant went towards him with his leg raised in a kicking motion but it is not clear whether he connected.”

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said Craigs, of Lanark Road, Hartlepool, had served the equivalent of four months in prison while on remand and on a curfew.

He was given a 12 month community order with supervision and 80 hours unpaid work.

Judge Howard Crowson described the incident on July 13, 2012 as “ugly”.