Teens’ anger at ‘chav’ jibe

Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Blackpool Magistrates Court.
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Two teenagers caused a fracas in a restaurant after being called chavs.

Connor Arrowsmith and Alec Taylor followed the name callers to Blackpool’s Pizza Express restaurant then upset diners by being aggressive and shouting.

Arrowsmith, 18, of Boothley Road, and Alex Taylor, 19, of Fenton Road, both Blackpool, each admitted threatening behaviour.

Arrowsmith was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates. Taylor’s case was adjourned for reports.

Rachel Parker, prosecuting, said the defendants went to Pizza Express on December 5. Taylor was banging on the windows with a bottle of Amaretto liqueur. He then went inside, shouted at customers and threw the bottle damaging the restaurant door. Arrowsmith was at the restaurant door shouting at diners.

Hugh Pond, defending, said the defendants, who were both dressed in tracksuits at the time, were passed in the street by four people, who made abusive comments to them and called them chavs. The defendants followed the group to the restaurant and shouted at the people who had been rude to them.