Bouncers have eyes burned in attack outside Plymouth nightclub

Police are keen to speak to the man in these CCTV stills after an incident outside a city nightclub which left door staff with burning eyes.

Registered door staff were on duty outside the Crash Manor club in Union Street at around 5.30am on Sunday February 2 when they were approached by a man.

Investigators understand he sprayed the door staff at the venue with a substance, similar to pepper spray, causing burning to their eyes, before running off in the direction of the Octagon.

It is hoped the man shown in these two CCTV stills may have key information about the suspect and his current whereabouts.

Police and bar bosses in Plymouth have previously called for anyone who attacks a bouncer, bar staff or even a takeaway worker or taxi driver to get a sentence every bit as stiff as if they had assaulted a member of the emergency services – and that could mean jail.

A campaign was previously launched in the city warning revellers that any abuse, verbal or physical, of workers in the evening and nigh-time economy will not be tolerated.

The Respect campaign saw posters going up in pubs and clubs proclaiming a “zero tolerance to hate crime” during the festive season.

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Sgt Dave Moore, police licensing sergeant, said it was important to protect licensees, bar staff, door staff, fast-food workers and taxi drivers.

“They are serving people, doing their jobs,” he previously said. “They don’t deserve to be assaulted.

“And if there is extra protection for emergency workers there should be extra protection for them too.

“We want to aim towards an equal footing. Door staff and bar staff are actually doing low-level police tasks, preventing offences, stopping things escalating.”

If you recognise the man shown, please call police on 101 or email or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number CR/009593/20

Source – Plymouth Herald