A MAN banned from entering pubs in Kendal took his top off and brawled with a member of the public when he was told to leave a venue, a court heard.

Jeffrey Hayton was previously banned from entering establishments in the Kendal Barwatch scheme under a court order.

But magistrates were told the 57-year-old broke it for the third time in a year when he entered the Duke of Cumberland in Appleby Road on December 15.

Prosecutor Lee Dacre told South Cumbria magistrates the incident happened just before 10pm.

He described how Hayton became aggressive towards staff and was asked to leave but refused to do so.

A pubgoer then tried to intervene to help remove the premises but became involved in a skirmish with Hayton, the court heard.

Hayton was said to have removed his shirt before punching and kicking the member of the public. 

Magistrates were told how Hayton was arrested by police and taken into custody.

While there he damaged a cell by spitting and urinating in it, requiring it to be professionally cleaned.

In mitigation, the court was told the damage was an 'impulsive action'.

Hayton, who admitted criminal damage and a breach of the order, was given bail ahead of a sentencing hearing for other offences in January.

The defendant, of Kendal's Copperfield Lane, had 167 offences on his record, the court was told.