A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was assaulted as he "chilled" with his friends on a Clitheroe playground.

Blackburn magistrates heard there was history between the boy and his 19-year-old assailant but there had been no provocation prior to the assault.

Bradley Brookes, 19, of The Sidings, Castle View, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to assaulting the boy.

He was ordered to complete 24 hours at an attendance centre and pay £100 compensation and £85 costs.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the boy was chatting with friends on the playground of a school on Edisford Road when four males walked towards him.

Brookes and one of the others approached and the boy was told he had better not run off.

"Brookes took off his jacket and clenched his fists," said Miss Allan.

"He punched the boy and when he went down on his haunches tried to knee him. "He managed to dodge that and ran off across the field before calling the police. "The boy had been assaulted previously by the defendant and that was also reported to the police."

Richard Prew, defending, said the victim had "bad mouthed" his client previously.

"He thought he had sorted that by going round to the victim's house and talking to him but there was further abuse," said Mr Prew.

"He bumped into the aggrieved purely by coincidence and is not proud of what happened."