A Rossendale man has been given a community order after homophobically abusing a stranger at a pub.

Tony Wheeler, 44, abused the man, who he did not know, in the beer garden of the Shepherds Inn in Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, on September 9 last year.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the man was a customer at the pub and did not know Wheeler, also of Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall.

Wheeler pleaded guilty to using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress at Blackburn Magistrates' Court on May 28.

At the same court on June 26, he was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity days, 60 alcohol abstinence monitoring days, and to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs, and a £114 surcharge.