Bank Holiday brawl between drinkers and police sees tasers drawn in Wetherspoons

This is the moment a violent brawl erupted at a Wetherspoons in Scunthorpe over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A 55-second clip uploaded to Twitter shows a reveller at the Blue Bell Inn grapple a police officer around the neck before he is pinned to the ground in a chokehold.

As he continues to struggle with the policeman, another officer begins punching him repeatedly as he lay on the floor.

A woman then jumps on one of the officer’s backs while another drinker joins in before the footage cuts to two policemen aiming tasers at the rowdy group.

Dozens of punters look on as the customers continue to shout at and heckle the officers, working for Humberside Police.

One officer can be heard shouting ‘get on the floor’ before the video cuts again to someone laying injured on the ground surrounded by police in their high-vis jackets.

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It then shows several emergency cars and vehicles parked outside on Oswold Road, after having been called to the incident at around 5.20pm on Friday.

The footage was shared by trainee special constable Kieran Tidmarsh on Twitter, having previously been uploaded on Reddit, according to reports.

Humberside Police said in a statement: ‘On arrival at the scene, four police officers and a member of staff were reportedly assaulted by a group of men.

‘Two of the officers required hospital treatment for their injuries.

‘Enquiries are now underway in to Friday evening’s incident and police are working closely with the pub while reviewing online footage along with our officers’ body worn video cameras and nearby CCTV.


‘A number of people have been questioned in relation to the incident and have subsequently been released as we continue our enquiries.’

Humberside Police chief inspector Paul French added: ‘Now that restrictions are lifting and hospitality is reopening, we are doing all we can to support members of the public and local businesses as the night time economy re-starts.

‘Our first response will always be to engage with drinkers, however please be assured that we will swiftly and robustly deal with any cases of disorder and we certainly will not tolerate abuse and violence directed at our officers or at hospitality staff.

‘There are additional measures in place at the moment and venues are working hard to adapt.

‘If you are going out, please be patient with staff and respectful of the rules in place at individual establishments. They are there to keep you and others safe.’

A Wetherspoons spokesperson told The Mirror the trouble started when the group were refused service for failing to comply with social distancing rules.

They allegedly attacked the manager, who required hospital treatment.

‘Our staff work hard to ensure that the pub is a fun and safe place for customers to socialise and for staff to work in and do not deserve to be treated in this way,’ the spokesperson said.

‘We are grateful for the actions of the police. We will assist the police in any way possible with their enquiries.’

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