Two ar­rests, po­lice and a bit­ing charge at golf club din­ner dance

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Patrick Sawer

IT WAS surely not the end to an evening of good wine and en­gag­ing con­ver­sa­tion that West Corn­wall Golf Club had in mind when it booked a func­tion amid the splen­dour of a Grade Ii-listed Cor­nish ho­tel.

But as the club’s an­nual din­ner dance at the Tre­genna Cas­tle Ho­tel was reach­ing its cli­max, the evening sud­denly de­scended into vi­o­lence.

At around 11.30pm on Fri­day, fight­ing broke out af­ter one of the guests ap­peared to ob­ject to overly ex­u­ber­ant danc­ing by a group of peo­ple.

Even the ar­rival of the po­lice was ini­tially not enough to re­store order to the pro­ceed­ings, which ended with a woman, un­der­stood to be the daugh­ter of one of the club’s di­rec­tors, be­ing ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of bit­ing an of­fi­cer.

A club source said the two peo­ple in­volved were not mem­bers of the club, but had bought tick­ets and were there as in­vi­tees. The source said they be­lieved the in­ci­dent be­gan when some­one raised con­cerns over “safety on the dance floor”.

“Some­one asked them to mod­ify their be­hav­iour,” the source said. “That’s where it be­gan.”

A spokesman for Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice con­firmed that a woman was sus­pected of as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

He said: “The of­fi­cer needed to go to a mi­nor in­jury unit but did carry on with their du­ties after­wards.”

A num­ber of peo­ple were in­jured and re­quired treat­ment by paramedics.

The Tre­genna Cas­tle Ho­tel said it had co­op­er­ated with the po­lice and had launched its own full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­tur­bance. The ho­tel man­age­ment de­clined to com­ment fur­ther un­til its own find­ings and the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been com­pleted.

Bethany Glas­son, 22, from An­gar­rack, Hayle, has been charged with as­sault by beat­ing, crim­i­nal dam­age, as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer in ex­e­cu­tion of their duty and us­ing threat­en­ing words or be­hav­iour.

Miss Glas­son, a stu­dent at Cardiff Univer­sity, is due be­fore Truro mag­is­trates’ court on Nov 27.

A 27-year-old man was also ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault and has been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

A spokesman for West Corn­wall Golf Club said: “We are greatly sad­dened that the club has been as­so­ci­ated with these scenes. With all haste we are now go­ing through our nor­mal club pro­ce­dures to deal with the mat­ter and in­ves­ti­gate ex­actly what has gone on.”

Bethany Glas­son, 22, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of bit­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter a row at a golf club dance

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