Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Huge brawl outside Wetherspoons as 30 men batter each other with broom handles

A huge fight erupted outside a Wetherspoons pub as a group of 30 men wearing hoods beat each other with broom handles and bats.

One witness said she had “never seen” a bigger group of lads after the brawl, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

The mob was chanting before all hell broke loose as the gangs launched at one another in front of terrified bystanders.

Some wore masks to disguise themselves while others hurled missiles.

A stunned witness recorded footage from their car. It shows one group of men approaching another gang as they begin to attack one another.

Some of the thugs were on bikes and were seen weaving around before fleeing.

One woman was vaping outside the bingo when she saw the armed group go marching past.

She added: “They were all swearing and chanting. I obviously had no idea what was about to happen but they did seem very intimidating.”

One man, in his 50s, is in a serious condition in hospital and another three people were injured.

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Locals said there had been rising tensions in the town between two rival groups.

The public battle was called “street justice” by one witness.

Cops enforced a dispersal order across the entire town centre after the fight on Wednesday night.

They fear revenge attacks could spark more mayhem in the town.

Police have arrested a 16-year-old on suspicion of violent disorder.

Detective Chief Inspector Dan Quigley said: “We have so far arrested one person in connection with the recent disorder and are working hard to identify others who were involved.

“To prevent further disorder, we have implemented a dispersal order. We have considered all the powers we have available to us and believe this to be the most effective and efficient means of preventing any further incidents of this nature.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring the safety of the residents of Wisbech and will be acting robustly to achieve this.

"We will be actively patrolling the streets of Wisbech to ensure community safety and will be proactively enforcing the dispersal order against those intent on participating in anti-social behaviour.”

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