Wednesday 13 December 2017

Wetherspoons pub erupts in violence - shocking footage of huge brawl emerges

Adam Boult

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has condemned drinkers who took part in a huge brawl in one of its establishments in Wiltshire over the weekend.

Video footage captured by an onlooker shows dozens of men battering blindly into each other at the Albany Palace in Trowbridge in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Nick Smith, 22, a groundworker, was out with friends when he was caught up in the fight and injured. He told the Press Association: "I went to get a drink and the next minute I turn round and get bottled.

"I apparently went out the pub with all this blood coming from my head, everyone was looking at me.

"I don't remember too much, really. My mates say I blacked out for about 15 minutes."

JD Wetherspoon said it had "never encountered" fighting on such a scale.

Tommy Arkle, 21, a friend of Mr Smith, captured a video of the violence on his phone, saying it started as a "one vs one" but escalated wildly.

The lorry driver said: "It started out small between some blokes. Then I just heard a lot of shouting and loads of people started to pile in.

"There weren't enough bouncers to deal with it and it took the police about 15 minutes to get there.

"The night was ruined because obviously we had to go to hospital with Nick after to make sure he was all right."

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said: "We completely condemn the action of a large number of people at our pub in Trowbridge.

"The incident caused distress to our staff and regular customers. The pub has never encountered an incident like this.

"We will work with the police to ensure that those involved are brought to justice."

Wiltshire Police said an officer was hit in the face as they responded to the incident but avoided serious injury.

A spokesman said: "Two men sustained injuries in the incident, one suffered a head injury which was dealt with by paramedics.

"Another man sustained bruising to his face.

"Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the bar at the time of the incident.

"CCTV and other inquiries are under way.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Louis McCoy at Trowbridge police station on 101.

"Just prior to the disorder a man was ejected from the bar and subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray.

"Levent Sali, 21 from Trowbridge, was charged with possession of a knife in a public place."

Telegraph.co.uk

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