A MAN who was barred from a pub was battered over the head with a metal bucket by drinkers violently ejecting him from the premises.
The 26-year-old had twice tried to enter The Loch Inn on Lochend Road on Tuesday night before being attacked.
The assault took place just yards from the spot where tragic takeaway delivery driver Simon San was killed by a teenage thug after being set upon by a gang in August 2010.
Eyewitnesses said that the bucket, used to collect cigarette ends outside the bar, “bounced off” the head of the victim.
He suffered head injuries and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Detectives are hunting the men responsible for carrying out the assault.
Hayleigh Paul, who runs The Loch Inn, said the victim had been barred for throwing a pool ball through the venue’s plasma TV.
Ms Paul said she was organising a Pubwatch scheme with other publicans to keep troublemakers out of bars in the area.
Karyanne Fraser, 37, a housewife who lives opposite the pub, witnessed the incident. She said: “I heard shouting and swearing so I looked out of my window. There was a man who was being thrown out of the pub by other men.
“They were outside in the smoking area and one of them hit him on the head with a bucket. It bounced off his head.
“He ran down the street and the men chased after him. The pub shut its doors a few minutes later.”
Ms Paul took over the running of the The Loch Inn three months ago after previous stints managing The Albion Bar in Leith, the Jock’s Lodge pub, and Broadfields in Northfield.
She said: “The man who was injured was barred about six months ago after throwing a pool ball and smashing the TV. He came in about 10.30pm on Tuesday and was told to get out by the barman.
“He came back again later and tried to jump over the bar. A couple of people, who were not regulars, took it further than they should have to remove him from the premises.
“No-one deserves to be the victim of violence – we’re really strict on behaviour in the pub, and the men responsible for the attack will also be barred.”
Ms Paul, 24, added: “There’s a Pubwatch in Leith and Jock’s Lodge but not here. We need one to help ensure our regulars are safe and our neighbours don’t have to put up with noise and disorder.”
Simon San was killed by a single punch from 16-year-old John Reid, who was sentenced to five years’ detention in October 2010 after admitting culpable homicide. The 40-year-old was attacked outside his family’s Chinese takeaway, which is next door to The Loch Inn.
Councillor for Craigentinny and Duddingston Stefan Tymkewycz said: “I know that police stepped up with additional high-visibility patrols in the area following the tragic death of Simon San. It’s been fairly quiet in the area since then.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating after a 26-year-old man was found with head injuries in Lochend Road just after midnight yesterday.
“He was taken to the Royal Infirmary for treatment, and local inquiries are taking place in the Lochend area to establish how he came by his injuries.”