FEUDING neighbours came to blows when they met by chance in a Blackburn town centre pub.

The town's magistrates heard Mateusz Wojtkowiak ended up stripped to the waist outside the Bees Knees fighting with two other men.

Wojtkowiak, 25, of Stonyhurst Drive, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour.

He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 costs and £90 victim surcharge.

Joanne Cronshaw, prosecuting, said the other man and a youth had already been dealt with.

She said the incident started inside the pub where CCTV showed there had been an exchange of words which led to a scuffle and everyone involved being ejected.

"In interview the defendant said he didn't like the way the other man spoke to his partner," said Mrs Cronshaw.

"They were neighbours and there have been issues between them."

When they went outside Wojtkowiak claimed the other man pushed his mother which inflamed the situation.

"He took off his shirt and they were goading each other and shouting abuse," said Mrs Cronshaw.

"The defendant accepted that he threw the first punch."

Waseem Chowdharry, defending, said outside the pub his client had ended up on the floor where he was kicked by the other two men.

"Initially he was minding his own business," said Mr Chowdharry.

"Things got out of control and my client was the one who ended up suffering facial injuries."