As­sault at Le­gion

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WIT­NESSES are be­ing sought af­ter a man suf­fered a head in­jury in a sus­pected as­sault at a Run­corn so­cial club less than 20 hours af­ter an ar­rest for drunk and dis­or­derly at the same venue.

Po­lice were called to the Hal­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion on Cas­tle Road in Hal­ton Vil­lage at 6.10pm on Sun­day.

At the scene, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered a 19-year-old man from Run­corn had suf­fered a head in­jury.

He was taken to War­ring­ton Hospi­tal to re­ceive treat­ment.

A 17-year-old boy from Run­corn was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault, and has now been charged with pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon in a pub­lic place and us­ing threat­en­ing or abu­sive lan­guage with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence.

He was re­manded into cus­tody and ap­peared at North Cheshire Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the in­ci­dent took place in­side the pub.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the mat­ter at 6.10pm should call Cheshire po­lice on 101, quot­ing IML 258085, give the de­tails via https:// cheshire. po­lice. uk/ con­tact/ gen­eralen­quiries or con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened less than 20 hours af­ter a sep­a­rate, un­con­nected in­ci­dent in which an am­bu­lance and po­lice had been called to the same venue to deal with an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a 17-year-old youth who needed med­i­cal at­ten­tion and was taken to hospi­tal by am­bu­lance.

While in at­ten­dance, of­fi­cers ar­rested a 47-year-old man for drunk and dis­or­derly.

He has now been charged and is due to at­tend North Cheshire Mag­is­trates’ Court on De­cem­ber 20.

A Cheshire po­lice spokesman said: “At around 1.10am on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, of­fi­cers were called to re­ports of an al­ter­ca­tion at the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion on Cas­tle Road in Run­corn.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended and dis­cov­ered that there had not been an al­ter­ca­tion but a 17-year-old boy from the town was in need of med­i­cal at­ten- tion re­gard­ing an un­re­lated mat­ter.

“He was taken to hospi­tal via am­bu­lance.

“Whilst at the pub of­fi­cers ar­rested a 47-year-old man on sus­pi­cion of be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly in a pub­lic place.”

Asked whether po­lice had made any rec­om­men­da­tions to the li­cens­ing au­thor­ity fol­low­ing Sun­day’s in­ci­dents, the po­lice spokesman said: “As with all in­ci­dents at li­censed premises we will be work­ing closely with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and the li­censee to ad­dress any is­sues which have been raised re­gard­ing li­cens­ing en­force­ment.”

A spokesman for the club said: “Noth­ing hap­pened here in Run­corn as far as we know.”

Asked if the club has a prob­lem, he said: “No com­ment.”

The neigh­bour­hood was rocked in Septem­ber when the so­cial club was the scene of the fa­tal stab­bing of 18-year-old Ed­die O’Rourke.

The po­lice spokesman said there is no in­di­ca­tion the stab­bing and the in­ci­dents on Sun­day are linked in any way.

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