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East Lothian man brawled with city centre bouncers after being refused entry into pub

By Alan McEwen & Kris Gourlay

A drunk Edinburgh reveller got into a messy brawl with bouncers in Edinburgh city centre after being refused entry to a pub during a work night out.

Nathan Hood, who works at Torness Nuclear Station, East Lothian, struggled with bouncers for five minutes after being knocked back at a busy Edinburgh venue.

The 30-year-old was barred from joining colleagues inside Brewhemia, under North Bridge, at 8:30pm on December 15 last year, for being too intoxicated.

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The Daily Record reports Hood, who earns around £3,500 a month, made repeated attempts to get inside before ending up in a prolonged tussle with door staff.

Hood's profession, as a reactor desk engineer, typically involves operating, controlling and monitoring nuclear reactors.

He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday, May 11, 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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