A BRITISH Aerospace worker hit a man with a pool cue in a row over a game in a pub.

Bradley Hartley ‘completely’ over-reacted in the outburst at the Bay Horse in Worsthorne, Burnley Crown Court heard.

He was said to be ‘visibly shocked’ when police showed him a CCTV recording of his actions.

Hartley, 21, was said to have struck victim Trevor Hewitt three times whilst holding the thin end of the cue.

The defendant, of Long Causeway, Burnley, admitted assault and had been committed for sentence by Pennine magistrates. He was given a 12 month community order with 120 hours unpaid work. He must pay £850 costs.

Roger Baldwin, prosecuting, said Mr Hewitt suffered a bump on his head and pain to his arm. He went home, was subsequently sick and went to hospital.

Recorder Andrew Long, who had read references on the defendant’s behalf, said people spoke well of him.

He said: “This is out of character for him. It was a shocking over-reaction, but he has learnt his lesson.”