Man denies racial abuse

A MAN will stand trial over claims he assaulted a Nigerian man in a Hartlepool pub.

Leslie Gibbon, 41, entered not guilty pleas to racially aggravated assault and using racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

It follows an alleged incident said to have taken place in the Park Inn pub, Park Road, Hartlepool, on May 9 last year.

A trial expected to last two to three days was set for February 28.

Gibbon, of Thorndike Road, Middlesborough, was bailed until then.