A POLICE officer is set to lose his job after he assaulted the manager of a pub in Prestwick.

Drunken Lee William Orr carried out the attack after being refused entry to The Buf in Main Street because of his intoxicated state.

But the 32-year-old managed to avoid a prison sentence for the attack – after a court heard he had an “unblemished” record before the incident.

Ayr Sheriff Court was told Orr faces being sacked from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary – which provides security for licenced civil nuclear sites at 13 locations across the UK, including Hunterston in Ayrshire, Torness in East Lothian and Dounreay in Caithness, as well as for civil nuclear material ‘in transit’ across Scotland and England – as a result of his behaviour.

Orr appeared in court for sentencing on Thursday, August 17 after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to pushing the pub’s manager on the body, punching him on the head and attempting to headbutt him after being refused entry to the bar on September 3, 2022.

The procurator fiscal depute said: "On the date libelled, the witness was on duty as the manager at the locus. The accused attempted to enter after being refused entry due to being intoxicated, and refused to leave.

"Outside, on the roadway, he continued confronting staff, before punching him in the face. He attempted to headbutt him. 

"The witness flagged a passing police vehicle before going inside.”

Defence solicitor Paul Anderson, of law firm Levy & McRae, told the court his client had “no underlying issues with alcohol”.

Referencing the address on the complaint, Mr Anderson said his client's career had been “unblemeshed but now tarnished” and added that colleagues who had provided references for Orr were “deeply surprised with his conduct”.

Mr Anderson said: "The direct consequences are that he will lose his employment.”

Sheriff Siobhan Connelly said: "This is a serious matter for someone in your position to appear in court.

"I take account of your having no previous convictions and am prepared to deal with this in a financial penalty."

Orr, whose address was described in court papers as care of Police Scotland’s professional standards department in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, was fined £600 and must also make a payment to the Scottish Government's victim surcharge fund.

A spokesperson for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary said: "I can confirm Lee Orr is a serving CNC police officer, who is currently suspended from duty due to the allegations against him. 

"Now he has been convicted of assault, we will continue to liaise with Police Scotland as to what disciplinary action will be taken.

"As the investigation into his conduct is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.