A DISGRUNTLED drunk launched a packet of pork pies at the store manager when he refused to sell him alcohol in the early hours of the morning.

Blackburn magistrates heard Daniel James Stewart then threw some scotch eggs before damaging other items, including two gnomes, as he stormed out of Asda.

Stewart, 22, of Oakbank Drive, Accrington, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assaulting store manager David Calver and security guard Andrew Tiplang.

He was made subject to a community order for 12 moths with 10 days rehabilitation activity requirement and 40 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £97.50 compensation for the damage and £50 to each of the assault victims, £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Adrian Hollanby, prosecuting, said Stewart went into Asda in Accrington at about 2.15am. He was refused service and started shouting at Mr Calver. When the security guard intervened he was punched.

"He left but as he did so picked up the gnomes and some flowers and threw them down," said Mr Hollanby.

"He then threw a packet of pork pies at Mr Calver, which hit him in the face, before throwing scotch eggs and other items. Mr Calver was also punched to the back of the head."

Mr Hollanby said the members of staff were simply doing their job and shouldn't have to put up with the behaviour displayed by the defendant.

Aftab Bakhat, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and was shocked and ashamed at how he had behaved.

"This was out of character which is born out by his lack of record," said Mr Bakhat.

"He tried to bully the store staff into selling him alcohol and when he didn't succeed he behaved in the way described.

"He knows the store staff are entitled to go about their daily business and expect to be safe."