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WALES: Drunken knuckles fight ends in court.

A DRUNKEN game at a party on Deeside got out of hand and led to a fight, a court heard yesterday.

Magistrates heard how Jamie Davies and his cousin Kelvin Bedford were playing "knuckles" where one would hold his knuckles out to be struck by the other, and then the other way around.

But then they started arguing, went outside and had a fight down an alley, Flintshire magistrates were told.

Police had been called to the party, saw them walking home, asked them if they had been fighting and when they said they had, they were arrested.

Davies, 21, of Lon Celyn in Connah's Quay, and Bedford, 33, of Red Hall Avenue in Connah's Quay, were each given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay pounds 60 costs after they admitted using threatening words or behaviour.

Defending solicitor Nic Parry said magistrates may share his surprise that his clients had been charged with a public order offence.

But it was on the basis that in police questioning they agreed that if someone had seen them fighting, then they would have been alarmed.

If they had not said that then they would not be in court, he said.

The two were cousins, the best of friends, who fell out in drink over the knuckles game and were going back to the home they then shared when they were stopped by officers.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2007
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