Appeal after mass football brawl outside Doncaster pub

Incident at Paris Gate
Incident at Paris Gate
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Police are reviewing CCTV footage after several people were injured when football fans started a mass brawl outside a Doncaster pub.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested after bottles and chairs were thrown outside the Paris Gate pub in St Sepulchre Gate.

Three women – including the pub’s landlady – were among those injured. A 48-year-old man suffered minor facial injuries. A spokesman for the pub said a group of around 50 fans turned up looking for supporters of rival teams.

The outside of the pub was damaged and staff and customers were allegedly assaulted.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and appealing for witnesses.

A pub spokesman said: “The landlady, two other women and our DJ were among those who were injured.
“Around 50 fans turned up looking for trouble. When staff went outside to tell them there were no football fans in the pub, the group started throwing glasses and chairs.

These weren’t kids, they were grown men who had come looking for a fight.”

The incident happened around 4.55pm on Saturday, May 7.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Andy Knowles said: “We have been carrying out our enquiries in the local community, which includes reviewing CCTV footage from the area.

“We understand that the group were football supporters travelling through the area and want to stress that their behaviour that day was completely unacceptable.

“Closer inspection of the footage is now being carried out and while initially it appeared that around 50 people were involved in the disorder, we now believe that only a minority engaged in criminal acts.

“We are working hard to identify those individuals and I’d urge anyone with information about the disorder to come forward and help us with our investigation.”

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

n Please call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 785 of May 7 2016 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.