Video Shows Brawl Break Out At Busy Wetherspoon Pub During Sunday Booze Up
A brawl between two separate groups of people broke out at a Wetherspoon pub during a Sunday session where everyone is supposed to be a metre away from each other:
The police had to be called to break up the incident at the previously quiet boozer in West Yorkshire as the two groups began fighting in front of other customers.
The footage shows staff rushing to break up the fight which broke out at The Broken Bridge in Pontefract at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (5 July).
Wetherspoon employees went over in an attempt to break up the brawl and one customer believes that a member of staff was punched.
The incident comes after police had initially praised the behaviour of the majority of people out drinking on Saturday night, with forces across the county saying there had been no major incidents.
Ellie Greenaway, who captured the footage, said: "I was sat eating my meal, and I heard loads of arguing. So I looked up to see a huge crowd all running over and somebody got hit from behind.
"The staff got involved trying to break it up. They got hit and it got out of control. Everyone was getting involved and arguing, other people ended up fighting. The manager called the police who kicked everybody out and shut the pub down."
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Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We can confirm that a fight broke out at the pub.
"Fortunately no one was hit although the manager was grabbed by one of those involved and his shirt ripped. Police cleared [the] pub but the management volunteered to close rather than that being enforced to do so.
"We totally condemn this act of violence and will assist the police in any way we can."
West Yorkshire Police told LADbible: "Police were called to a report of a disturbance at licensed premises in Pontefract at 4.52pm on Sunday. Those present on arrival left the premises when asked to do so. No injuries were reported.
"Following liaison with the manager the pub was closed for a short time. The manager was also advised that the premises would be closed down if police were required to return the same evening."
The incident came after pubs were allowed to reopen again for the first time since lockdown was announced in March.
Doors opened at 6am on Saturday (4 July) as the government began the process of easing lockdown rules.
Some bars have made the decision to only take bookings for two or three hour slots in a bid to have a steady flow of clientele, while also enabling them to keep the number of punters in manageable figures - and keep the risk of spreading coronavirus to a minimum.
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