Po­lice probe af­ter at­tack out­side pub

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

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)

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