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Man who drunkenly swung at Barnstaple nightclub bouncer fined £195

By NDJDuncan  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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A man who ignored a police officer’s order to go home after taking a swing at a bouncer in Barnstaple has been fined £195.

Richard Hopkins, 34, of Swainswick Gardens in Bath, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a police officer at North Devon Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Hopkins got into an argument with the doorman outside Fever nightclub on February 23, a court heard.

Karen Ball, for the prosecution, said the officer saw the defendant throw a punch at the bouncer, adding: “He was very drunk.

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“The officer told him he had to go directly home.”

She said Hopkins walked past a row of taxis and went behind a building, adding: “He seemed to be ignoring the dispersal order and was arrested.”

Mr Hopkins, who is self-employed, said he was sorry and admitted he had drunk “too much alcohol”.

He was fined £195.

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