Drinkers being turned away from Inside Out nightclub led to scuffle, court told (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Drinkers being turned away from Inside Out nightclub led to scuffle, court told
A SCUFFLE outside a North-East night club ended up with punches being thrown at bouncers, a court was told.
Louis Welch and his son were out celebrating the birth of a baby in the family in July, Darlington Magistrates’ Court was told.
Thursday’s (August 15) hearing was told pair tried to get in to Inside Out nightclub, in Beaumont Street, Darlington, along with another man, but were refused by bouncers.
Prosecutor Deborah Hodge said: “They were refused entrance to the nightclub by door staff and Mr Welch said he was coming in anyway.
“They tried to get past the door staff and a scuffle developed.
“Punches were thrown towards staff, which were caught on CCTV.
“Mr Welch was restrained and the police inspector who arrived first on the scene had to withdraw his pepper spray to get him to calm down.”
Welch’s son, Edwin, had already been dealt with by the courts and was fined £200. The third member of the group was not prosecuted.
Welch, 43, of Neasham Road Caravan Site, had admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.
John Grierson, mitigating, said Mr Welch had been to the club many times before and knows staff there.
Mr Grierson said Welch realised he should have set a better example in front of his son.
Fining Welch £350, with £85 costs and a £35 victim surcharge, District Judge Adrian Lower told him: “By the time you arrived at the club, you had had far too much to drink and did not think clearly when you were told by staff that you could not come in.
“You should have taken that as a refusal and left, but fists were thrown and it is fortunate that I am not told that any injuries were caused.
“As the older man, you should have set an example, particularly to your son.”