Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - THOMAS DEA­CON AND WILL HAY­WARD­desk@waleson­

A PUB was van­dalised af­ter youths burst in and set off fire ex­tin­guish­ers over cus­tomers.

Around a dozen pub­go­ers were in the An­cient Bri­ton in Porthcawl on Sun­day evening when two young­sters ran in “scream­ing and shout­ing” and set­ting off the two fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

The pub, staff and reg­u­lars were left cov­ered in white pow­der, with the bar left need­ing a fourhour clean-up op­er­a­tion.

Pub land­lady of around eight years Kristina Buf­fett, 46, of Porthcawl, said: “I’m sat at the bar with my back to the door, when the door opened and it sounded like a siren go­ing off, but it was the peo­ple scream­ing.

“They let off the fire ex­tin­guish­ers and then the whole place looked like it was cov­ered in snow.”

Kristina then ran be­hind the bar where her part­ner, An­drew Needs, was hold­ing the pub quiz.

The mum-of-one added: “It just hap­pened in sec­onds and then they were gone in sec­onds. There was a lot of scream­ing and shout­ing.

“The cus­tomers re­acted in the same way that I did. They were just ab­so­lutely shocked.

“I have ab­so­lutely no idea why they would do this.”

Kristina be­lieves the two young­sters who van­dalised the pub on Cle­vis Hill were a boy and a girl.

The in­ci­dent, which set off the fire alarm, hap­pened at around 10.20pm.

Kristina said there were about 12 peo­ple in the pub at the time, with around six sat at the bar which was mainly cov­ered by the ex­tin­guish­ers.

Police are also be­lieved to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents which took place on The Port­way and John Street re­cently.

One of the cus­tomers was Abi Ralph. The 31-year-old said: “Me and my friend Bethan were hav­ing a drink by the bar and then two peo­ple came in from nowhere and sprayed the fire ex­tin­guish­ers. We couldn’t see and I just grabbed my friend and ran out.

“We were just in a state of com­plete shock – we were pet­ri­fied.”

She added that some cus­tomers were left cov­ered in the white pow­der.

Peo­ple in the pub at­tempted to chase af­ter the pair, but they had left in a car parked out­side.

Kristina said: “It’s so up­set­ting and fright­en­ing. I didn’t sleep at all last night.”

She added that she had never seen any­thing like it dur­ing her time as a land­lady, and that the pub and area is gen­er­ally quiet.

A South Wales Police spokes­woman said: “We were called to the An­cient Bri­ton pub in New­ton, Porthcawl, on August 12 at 10.15pm with re­ports that a cou­ple of youths had sprayed a fire ex­tin­guisher on cus­tomers and staff in­side the pub.

“We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents which took place on The Port­way and John Street last night.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence 1800306344 or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.”

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