A fracas on the streets of Pembroke has cost a local resident nearly £200.

Macauley Dennis Richard Breen, of Shoulder of Mutton, Pembroke, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with the intention of causing fear of, or provoking violence, when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday.

The court heard that police arrived in Main Street, Pembroke, at 3am on February 4 to find around 20 people in the street, which some involved in fights and confrontations.

Breen, 21, made threatening comments as he and another man were separated from where they scuffled on the ground.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, said: “Mr Breen was goading him and making gestures.

“He was flailing his arms and threatening to punch the other male. He was arrested for his behaviour.”

Mike Kelleher, defending, told the court that Breen went through a bad patch after his relationship ended and began using drugs ‘to excess’.

“This was the first night he had been out for a drink for about two years.”

He added that that a large number of people had been involved in a fracas, and the man scuffling with Breen had started walking back towards him after they were separated.

“That caused Mr Breen to become annoyed. He said several things, and he did lash out.”

The court heard that Breen had cause to stick up for one of his friends who was confronted earlier that evening, and felt threatened when he realised that the group involved were looking for him.

Mr Kelleher said that Breen was making attempts to change his life, had given up cannabis and was in the process of gaining catering qualifications.

Magistrates fined Breen £80 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.