Miles was a friend of Simon Barlow's having met him on the football team organised by Zeedan Nazir. Simon's mother, Leanne Tilsley, organised a meal for the boys at Nick's Bistro after one of their practice matches. Steph Britton, a lover of football, gave the lads advice on re-hydrating themselves with water instead of coke and lemonade and tried to demonstrate her "keepy uppy" abilities which sent the ball into the middle of the boys' table.

An elder boy, Kyle, pushed Simon into stealing some vodka from behind the bar. Miles was eager to join in and they added the illicit liquor to their soft drinks, becoming more boisterous as the afternoon wore on. Steph told them to be quiet, telling them that Emily Bishop and Rita Tanner, sat at a nearby table, couldn't hear themselves and Kyle rudely shouted back that in that case they should put their hearing aids in. Leanne started to shout at Kyle but when Simon rushed to the toilets to be sick, she realised what had been happening and went ballistic at the youngsters demanding to know how they had obtained the drink. Her rant was interrupted when Miles belched loudly. Kyle didn't last long before dropping Simon right in it by telling tales on him. Simon was sent home while Leanne rang the parents of Miles and the others to report what had happened and to have them collected.