Rugby league training camp ends in cells

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A rugby league club training trip ended in the cells for a player when he was arrested by police.

Ben Grimshaw, of the Leigh Miners team, punched a reveller in a Blackpool nightclub giving him a bloody nose.

Grimshaw, a 19-year-old dry-liner, of Turner Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to assault.

He was given a two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 compensation to his victim plus £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the victim and his brother were in the Revolution Bar celebrating the brother’s birthday at 10.20pm on January 24.

The brothers went on to the dance floor to dance together and were harangued by a group who called them ‘freaks’. The victim went over to remonstrate with the group and Grimshaw punched him in the face.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Grimshaw, who had no previous convictions, had come with his rugby league team-mates for a pre-season training session. They were staying at Weeton Army Camp and decided to go on a night out in Blackpool for team bonding.

In the club Grimshaw saw some of his friends being harassed. There was an argument and some friends of the victim came over. Grimshaw accepted he acted irrationally and lashed out.

Grimshaw had been accepted into the Army in the Royal Artillery. He had been due to join up but his place had been put on hold by the Army to see what happened in the criminal case.