Drunken man hit bouncer in face

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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A DRUNKEN football fan left a Blackpool bouncer with a shattered tooth after punching him in the face.

Builder Christoper Sinclair punched Robert Thisleton after the bouncer refused to let him into Blackpool’s Manchester pub because he did not have any identification with him.

Sinclair, 44, grabbed the doorman and shouted “he’s coming in”, before punching him in the face in the fracas which followed.

As a result of the assault – which Sinclair pleaded guilty to at Blackpool Magistrates Court yesterday – prosecutor Martine Connah described how Mr Thistleton was knocked to the ground and left with a shattered back tooth.

The incident occurred at around 9.30pm on November 26 while Sinclair, from Birmingham, was part of a 53-strong group who had travelled up to the resort by coach for a stag do and to watch the football.

Sinclair told the court: “I was totally drunk. I feel I let everyone down.

“I was totally out of order and I apologise.”

Magistrates sentenced him to a three month curfew between 9pm and 5am, and ordered him to pay £500 compensation to Mr Thistleton and £85 in costs.