Pub landlord assaulted

A man who attacked a Wooler pub landlord was given a one-year community order when he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.

James Dawson, 53, was also ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work and told to pay compensation of £100, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £60 when he appeared before magistrates in Berwick.

Dawson, from The Pastures in Morpeth, admitted assaulting the landlord of the Anchor pub in Wooler, Mr Whittle, on the night of January 11.

The prosecution said that for a five-week period prior to the incident, Dawson had worked at the pub as a relief manager.

He had been in the pub with friends earlier in the evening, but returned just before midnight when he was clearly in a drunken state.

He started provoking Mr Whittle and his staff and at one stage, as he approached the landlord, he threw a punch which landed on his face.

He was also seen to attempt to headbutt Mr Whittle and there was a scuffle when they both ended up on the floor.

Dawson was also seen to pour a pint of beer over Mr Whittle, and was seen to raise his hand, either with a glass or a bottle, before he was restrained by other customers.

In mitigation, defence solicitor John Monkhouse said Dawson was now working as a bar manager in Ashington, but was banned from pubs in Berwick and Wooler under the Pubwatch Scheme.

He was extremely sorry for his actions, but could not remember too much about the incident due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.