Thug’s threat to ‘shoot cus­tomers’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A THUG ‘went berserk in a city cen­tre restau­rant, bat­ter­ing fel­low cus­tomers with a heavy gold chain and threat­en­ing to shoot them’, an eye­wit­ness claims.

The ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent is said to have un­folded at Tur­tle Bay on Old­ham Street in the Northern Quar­ter on Satur­day night.

The of­fender, said to be a man in his 20s, got into an ar­gu­ment af­ter he tried to buy a drink for a young woman in the Caribbean bar and was re­jected, it is be­lieved.

The M.E.N. has been told the man sparked a brawl in­volv­ing as many as 20 peo­ple. It is un­der­stood staff at Tur­tle Bay first called po­lice at around 11.45pm, but the man had fled by the time of­fi­cers ar­rived. How­ever, it is be­lieved a sus­pect was ar­rested af­ter re­turn­ing to the scene in a black Audi that was pur­sued by po­lice.

An eye­wit­ness said: “The man took his gold chain off and was hit­ting cus­tomers within the venue.

“Then he was threat­en­ing he was go­ing to come back with a gun and shoot ev­ery­one. A door­man was in­jured, he was punched in the face. A girl and a boy had cuts to the face but luck­ily no one was se­ri­ously hurt.”

Tur­tle Bay de­clined to com­ment when con­tacted by the M.E.N.

A spokesper­son for Greater Manch­ester Po­lice said po­lice were called to re­ports of ‘ver­bal threats’ but could not con­firm fur­ther de­tails.

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