A TOPLESS man walked into a Chester clothes store, picked up a top and then proceeded to take his trousers off in full view of shoppers.

Chester Magistrates Court heard on Friday, August 9 that Arif Miah, 24, of Brendon Avenue, Manchester, was drunk when he entered the Primark store on the afternoon of July 23.

Prosecuting, Alison Warburton said Miah proceeded to threaten to take the manager outside for a fight, after staff told him to leave the store.

Miah pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to threatening behaviour and was fined £76.

Ms Warburton said it was 1.15pm when Miah entered Primark and took his trousers off – but fortunately was still wearing his boxer shorts.

He became aggressive when asked to leave and had backed a guard into a corner.

Other shoppers were clearly distressed.

Miah was later located nearby and was drunk. When interviewed, he said he wanted to try on a top for work. He initially denied not wearing a top or being abusive, and said he had drunk three vodkas.

He had four previous convictions for 11 offences, the last of which was in January 2017 in Manchester for two assaults while subject to a suspended sentence, for which he was jailed for eight weeks.

Defending, James Bagby said Miah was under the influence of alcohol and was ashamed by his behaviour.

He had just found work as a waiter at the Indian Brasserie restaurant.

Magistrates fined Miah £76, plus £85 court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.