Accused of failing to leave drinking hot spot

A MAN is due to stand trial accused of failing to leave a drinking hot spot when asked to move on by police.

Craig Theasby, 28, appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates' Court and denied failing to comply with a policeman's direction for him to leave the Victoria Road area of town for 48 hours after an incident on New Year's Day.

The defendant, of Arch Court, on the Central Estate, Hartlepool, was released on unconditional bail to return to the magistrates' court on February 17.