A member of security staff has had his Door Supervisor license suspended after a mass brawl outside a Somerset Wetherspoon early on Sunday (February 10).
A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said that four men who had been evicted from a nearby nightclub had tried to “rush” the door at the pub after being denied entry.
Two people were arrested following the incident.
The security staff working at the William Dampier at the time were all Security Industry Authority accredited, and a spokesman for the organisation has said that “violent conduct is not acceptable”.
The spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident. One of our regional investigators has been working with Avon and Somerset Police since it happened.
“Our Intelligence team also logged a call from a member of the public using the ‘Report a crime or concern’ facility on our website.
“We have suspended the Door Supervisor licence of one of the operatives involved pending further investigation.
“We cannot comment further at this stage except to say that violent conduct on the part of security operatives is not acceptable.”
An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said that incidents like this “will not be tolerated” and added that extra police patrols will be in action in the area.
They said: “We are aware of a video that is already circulating that shows the incident.
“We want to assure people that violence of this nature will not be tolerated.
“An investigation is underway and we are also working with our partners in licensing at the council to ensure any issues are addressed.
“We will also be doing additional patrols this weekend to reassure people.”
The police spokesman also confirmed on Monday that two people had been arrested in connection with the incident and released under investigation.
Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “The William Dampier is a very popular pub and one that is run very well by the management team and staff.
“This incident was extremely scary for staff and customers.
“A club in the town, which is part of the Pubwatch scheme, radioed management at The William Dampier to say that four men had been evicted from their premises for being aggressive and as part of Pubwatch they would not be allowed into The William Dampier.
“The men did not agree with this action and two of them tried to ‘rush’ the door several times, with the other two (older males) joining in at points as well.”
The spokesman also confirmed that the security staff are not employed directly by JD Wetherspoon.
Mr Gershon added: “Our door staff became separated at one point and one was taken to the floor by one of the males and either punched or kicked in the face.
“All four members of door staff as well as members of staff were struck by these males.
“The police came and the men ran off and we are not certain if they were apprehended.
“We will assist the police in any way possible.”
Source – Somersetlive.co.uk