Police probe after attack outside pub
A MAN is recovering after suffering serious head injuries in a assault outside a pub.
The 43-year-old man was attacked outside the Old Coach House, in Bridge Foot, Market Deeping at about 9.30pm on Wednesday.
The pub had been busy with revellers celebrating England’s World Cup triumph over Slovenia, as well as fans watching Germany playing Ghana, when the incident occurred.
An eye witness described seeing the prone victim with “blood pouring from his head” as he lay on the ground outside the bar.
And an ambulance spokesman said a large crowd had gathered around the victim, who was coughing up blood.
Eyewitnesses described how some pub customers had gone to the man’s aid while they waited for paramedics to arrive.
The man, who is from Market Deeping, was taken to Peterborough District Hospital suffering head injuries, before being discharged yesterday afternoon. It is thought that he had stepped in to try and calm an argument which had broken out between two other men.
Yesterday morning, the car park of the pub was cordoned off by police while evidence was gathered from the scene.
Today Tony Cook, owner of the Old Coach House, said he was shocked that the incident had happened outside the pub.
He said: “Two men arrived at the pub and started having an argument. Our staff went out to try and defuse the argument and calm people down.
“We told them that if the trouble carried on, we would not be serving them in the pub.”
The argument was halted, until both men left the pub at the same time later on and the row carried on outside.
Mr Cook said he believed the incident was not football related and had been a personal row. He said the men arguing were not regulars and had arrived at the Old Coach House from another pub.
He said he was shocked by the incident, adding: “It is quite strange as we don’t normally have any trouble here and we are known as a family pub.”
One eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, said: “I saw a man lying on the floor with blood pouring out of his head. He was conscious and there were quite a few people around him trying to help him. He was put in the recovery position and then taken to hospital. The pub was really busy at the time.”
Market Deeping Town Councillor Bob Broughton said the whole town was talking about the assault yesterday.
He said: “I was told there was an assault and the police have been outside the pub, so it must have been serious. I know people have been talking about it in the town.”
A Lincolnshire police spokesman confirmed that weapons were not used in the attack.
He added: “We were called to the pub at 9.40pm after reports a man had been assaulted.
“He was taken to Peterborough District Hospital in a stable condition.”
A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said they had reports of 20 people being in the area when they arrived.
She said: “We were called at 9.35pm after reports of a fight at the pub.
“The victim was a man in his 40s, who we took to Peterborough District Hospital with a head injury.
Police have confirmed that a 20-yearold man and a 21-year-old man, both from Market Deeping, have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Yesterday they were both being questioned at Grantham police station on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
Anyone with information about the assault should contact Lincolnshire police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
SCENE: The cordoned off area outside the Old Coach House pub, in Market Deeping. (METP-24-06-10PF018)