Six men fined for brawl at Open golf

The Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club.
The Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club.

HOOLIGANS have been fined after brawling at the prestigious Open Golf Championships.

Six men were hauled before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday after fighting with police as they were thrown out of the second day of the event at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

The court heard the group had been drinking and members of the public filmed the brawl on their mobile phones.

District Judge Hatton told the six men: “Your behaviour that day was totally inappropriate.”

Three men admitted obstructing the police. Stephen Earle, 40, from Huyton was fined £150 , Timothy Fitzsimmons, 21, from Liverpool, was fined £150 and Lee Baxter, 38, from Liverpool, was fined £375.

All three were ordered to pay £165 costs.

Terence Earle, 38, from St Helens admitted assault on a police officer and was fined £600 with £165 costs, and Barry Livingstone, 59, from Liverpool, was fined £110, with £162 costs, after admitted being drunk and disorderly.

Michael Earle, 36, from Liverpool, also admitted assaulting a police officer and was given a six-week curfew, ordered to pay £150 in costs and £50 compensation.

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