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Drunk nuclear plant worker exploded at bouncers who barred him from Scots pub on work night-out

By Alan McEwen

A drunk nuclear plant engineer struggled for five minutes with bouncers refusing him entry to a pub during his work night-out.

Nathan Hood, who works as a reactor desk engineer at Torness Nuclear Power Station near Dunbar, East Lothian, exploded after being knocked back at an upmarket Edinburgh venue.

The 30-year-old was barred from joining colleagues inside Brewhemia in the city centre at 8.30pm for being too intoxicated.

Hood, who earns £3500 a month, made repeated attempts to get inside before ending up in a prolonged tussle with door staff.

A reactor desk engineer typically operates, controls and monitors nuclear reactors.

Hood appeared at the city’s sheriff court on Wednesday and admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and struggling with stewards.

Fiscal depute Duncan McKenzie said Hood and another man had arrived at the Brewhemia Bar and Restaurant on Market Street on December 15 last year.

Mr McKenzie said Hood was denied entry but “continued to attempt to enter” and a struggle began with a bouncer.

The court heard Hood was restrained on the floor before being allowed to his feet.

But the prosecutor said Hood “continued to struggle with door stewards” and this went on for “around five minutes” before police were called.

Defence agent Mary Moultrie said her client had “no clear recollection” of the incident.

Ms Moultrie said Hood, a first offender, had been out drinking with colleagues during the day and into the evening. She added: “The alcohol was flowing freely.”

She said Hood failed to monitor the amount he drank and had tried to return to Brewhemia, where the group had been earlier, when he was rebuffed.

The solicitor said the dad-of-one “profusely regrets” his actions and was “mortified” by his behaviour.

She submitted a letter from one of Hood’s superiors at the power station testifying to his character and described him as a “valuable employee”.

Sheriff Graham Primrose QC told Hood this was “clearly this was a moment of madness” from someone with a “responsible job and a young family”.

The sheriff fined Hood, of Haddington, East Lothian, £520.

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