Sunderland worker said Scotland ‘should be bombed’ during foul-mouthed Edinburgh rant

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An irate oil worker said Scotland should be “bombed” after missing his train home, in an outburst ahead of the independence referendum.

Staff at Waverley station, in Edinburgh, were left stunned when the Sunderland man started shouting abuse at them after failing to catch a connecting train to his home town.

I hope you get independence and we have spare bombs and we can bomb the whole place.

Ian Thirlaway

And after he was arrested, the man shouted racist insults at the police as they were taking him to the cells.

Ian Thirlaway, 43, of Bright Street, Sunderland, was fined £500 after pleading guilty to committing a racially aggravated breach of the peace on April 13, 2012.

His defence lawyer admitted Thirlaway was “ashamed” of the way he had acted.

The English offshore oil worker had missed a train home to Sunderland, and rounded on staff at Waverley, shouting: “I hope you get independence and we have spare bombs and we can bomb the whole place.”

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday, fiscal depute Rosie Cook told Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC that station employees Steven Muir and Simon Bathgate saw Thirlaway shouting about missing his train.

“He approached the men and shouted ‘You are useless’,” said Ms Cook.

She said the staff members tried to explain why he had missed the train, but he shouted the remark about bombs. The men contacted the station supervisor and British Transport Police.

Defence solicitor Ceri Evans told the court her client worked offshore on the rigs, but suffered from severe depression when under pressure.

Sheriff Welsh called it ‘an ugly incident’ and fined Thirlaway £500.