Man fined over late-night pub row

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A MAN involved in a late-night row outside a South Tyneside pub has been hit with a court fine.

Luca Apreda, 22, pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and disorderly at South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

Apreda, of Lizard Lane, South Shields, was arrested after being spotted by police travelling past the Grey Horse pub, in Whitburn, on Saturday, April 6.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “Police saw Mr Apreda acting aggressively with another male outside the pub. They went to speak to him and tried to calm him down. But he tried to continue the argument.”

Apreda was arrested and taken to a police station.

Valerie Bell, defending, said Apreda had been out with a friend when another male instigated a verbal altercation with him.

Miss Bell said: “There was no violence whatsoever.”

Apreda was fined £54 and ordered to pay court costs of £85, as well as a victim surcharge of £20.