Assault at Legion
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.