A DRUNK man who became loud and agitated during an argument at Chester Railway Station has been fined.

Sam Layfield, 26, of Bedford Road, Rock Ferry, Merseyside, pleaded guilty at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday, May 13 to the charge of being drunk and disorderly.

Prosecuting, Kirsty Linforth said it was 9.50pm on April 24 when station security staff reported to police that Layfield had been in a verbal argument with his partner.

Police separated the pair but Layfield continued to be "loud and agitated" despite officers telling him to calm down.

He was refused rail travel by staff and eventually police arrested him.

He had a record for previous convictions, but none for a similar offence.

Defending himself, Layfield said: "It's out of character for me. I can't remember a thing at all, I don't drink normally. It was just derby day, it got out of hand."

The offence had taken place on the day Liverpool had beaten Everton 2-0.

Chair of magistrates Paul Storrar said: "Chester Station is the gateway for a lot of visitors. It was not good what you did; not a good welcome to people entering the city, and scary for people leaving the city. and you're wasting police's time.

"You can't even remember it."

Layfield was fined £166 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.