Cumbria

Man admits assaulting Coronation Street star

Simon Gregson
Image caption Simon Gregson was punched in the face

A man has admitted common assault after Coronation Street star Simon Gregson was punched in the face in a nightclub in Cumbria.

The actor, who plays Steve McDonald in the ITV soap, got into a row with Reece Barnes, over an empty seat in the Wheelhouse Club in Bowness on 29 May.

Magistrates were told that Barnes, from Windermere, hit Mr Gregson in the face.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault and was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge.

He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs, £100 in compensation and given a six-month banning order from the nightclub.

South Lakeland Magistrates' Court was told that Mr Gregson had sat down on a seat which Barnes said he was saving for a friend.

Witnesses reported that Barnes threw the first punch, and the pair had to be separated. He was then ejected from the venue.

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