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Drunk claims he’s one of Scotland’s hardest men during rammy in Wetherspoons

A middle-aged yob claimed to be the hardest man in a Scottish town during a drunken rampage in a pub.

Alan Baird, 46, boasted of his prowess while drinking in The Last Post, a JD Wetherspoon pub, in Paisley, near Glasgow.

Prosecutor Ian Mathieson told Paisley Sheriff Court Baird shouted, “I’m the biggest man in Paisley!”, before threatening customers with violence.

The details emerged yesterday when the case against Mathieson, of the Renfrewshire town, called in court for the first time.

The case called at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive way by shouting, swearing, and making threats, on July 26 this year.

His not guilty plea was accepted to a charge that he refused to provide police with his name, address, date and place of birth and nationality.

Mr Mathieson said the incident took place at about 5pm and saw Baird giving one of the barmaids a high five.

He explained: “He then took hold of her hands and stated, ‘never leave me’.

“This made her uncomfortable and she had reservations about serving him further alcohol.”

He then sat in front of the bar and started shouting incoherently and aggressively, before making the boast about being “the biggest man in Paisley”.

After being told by another customer that he had been threatening violence against other drinkers, staff asked him to leave.

But he branded the decision “a f****** disgrace” as he left and was detained by officers a short time later.

The court heard Baird is receiving help for his alcohol abuse as part of a Community Payback Order he was given in another case.

And after hearing that Baird began drinking when he was under 18, to block out trauma he experienced as a child, Sheriff David Pender fined him £375 for the offence and ordered him to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

The fine was reduced from £500 as Baird admitted his guilt at the first calling of the case.

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