Shocking video shows brawl break out at busy Wetherspoons as drinkers continue Sunday session following lockdown lift


A BRAWL between two groups broke out at a Wetherspoons on Sunday afternoon as thousands of Brits flocked back to pubs for the first time since March.

Police were called to break up the ugly scenes at the previously quiet West Yorkshire pub after two large groups began fighting in front of alarmed customers.

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A shocking video shows the moment a large crowd of people broke out in a scuffle at The Broken Bridge in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Footage reveals staff rushing towards the people involved in an attempt to break up the escalating fight.

One customer even claimed that Wetherspoons employees were punched as they approached the melee.

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.”

Violent incidents have grabbed the headlines as thousands flocked to the nation’s pubs on the first day they were reopened since the coronavirus lockdown.

Brawls were witnessed across the country and in Brentwood, Tamworth and Nottinghamshire.

As Brits flocked to pubs yesterday, a police chief warned it was “crystal clear” boozers were not observing social distancing rules.

John Apter, Chair of the Police Federation, said he dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks” on shift in Southampton.

He said: “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance.

“It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”

Richard Cooke, chair of the West Midlands Police Federation, predicted a second wave was round the corner.

He tweeted: “Just got home after a long shift late shift peppered with pub fights, domestic violence and drunken drugged up fools.

“If today was anything to go by the ‘second wave’ won’t be long in the making.”

The incident comes after another mass brawl erupted outside a boozer in Tamworth on Super Saturday.

Boozers were seen swinging punches outside the Three Tuns pub in Tamworth as scenes turned ugly when lockdown restrictions were eased.

And one boozed-up reveller was rescued from a river twice after jumping in and yelling “help me, I can’t swim” during Super Saturday.

Rescue teams blasted the man’s actions as “sheer stupidity” after they were called out to help him on the River Medway in Kent.

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