A YOUNG man who was banned from Chester city centre by police was found hiding behind a bin in the area a few hours later.

Callum Mongan, 19, had been handed a dispersal notice after he was seen arguing with someone in the street near The Cross in the early hours of September 29.

He was told to leave by 1.30am but at 2.20am door staff at a pub reported seeing him on Watergate Street, Chester Magistrates Court heard.

“Officers then found him hiding behind a bin and he was detained,” said prosecutor Rob Youds.

Mongan, of Hoole, Chester, was arrested and interviewed at the custody centre.

“He said he wanted to look for his jacket as he had a passport and money in it,” Mr Youds said.

Defending himself in court, Mongan said the situation had arisen as bouncers would not allow him back into a pub and he needed his passport as he was due to go on holiday soon.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of 'failing to comply with a section 35 direction excluding a person from an area' and was fined £75.

Mongan, who has three previous convictions, must also pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £32, which goes into a national pot to support victims of crime.