Clitheroe pub landlord punched by teenager


The landlord of a Clitheroe pub was assaulted when he challenged two men who were trashing the gents’ toilets.

Blackburn magistrates heard the publican was punched by one of the men who he had caught pulling a sink off the wall and smashing a urinal.

And, after ejecting one, he returned to find the other trying to wrestle the hand drier off the wall.

Jordan Barnowski (21), of Cross Street, Clitheroe, admitted assaulting Nigel Riley and causing £400-worth of damage at The Rose and Crown. Liam Anthony Waring (18), of Colthirst Drive, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to the criminal damage charge. Both were remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said, despite being caught in the act of damaging the toilet furniture, both men had denied responsibility. They were both reluctant to leave the pub and, as Mr Riley and a friend were escorting them out, Barnowski punched him in the face.