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Punchbowl landlady praised over actions in handling Spalding pub brawl



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A landlady who stepped in to break up a brawl in a Spalding town centre pub has been praised for her actions.

The incident took place at the Punchbowl in New Road just after 8pm on Sunday – and video footage has since circulated in the town.

At the time of going to press, no arrests had been made but police are investigating the incident.

Health and safety measures have been taken at The Punchbowl after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Photo supplied. (42828250)
Health and safety measures have been taken at The Punchbowl after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Photo supplied. (42828250)

The footage showed verbal insults traded between two groups of men – as well as threats being made and a punch thrown as one man was felled.

Throughout the incident, the landlady gets in between the men in a bid to break up the altercation and remove them from the pub.

The Spalding Guardian understands that two of the men involved will now be banned from all pubs in the town as part of the Pubwatch scheme.

Stuart Brotherton, Business Watch Coordinator (48427978)
Stuart Brotherton, Business Watch Coordinator (48427978)

Stuart Brotherton, who co-ordinates the scheme, said: “The two individuals are known and, quite frankly, they ought to not be doing that sort of thing at that age.

“From my perspective, the behaviour is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with by Pubwatch.

“I have to praise the actions of the landlady.

“She took a barrage of abuse and, at all times, acted professionally. That should be a credit to her – that’s how you should run a pub.”

It is hoped that the standard of footage shared – and the quality of the audio – will assist the police with their investigation.

It is believed that the spat between the two groups began earlier in the evening with a verbal altercation in another town pub before reaching a climax in the Punchbowl.

A police spokesman said: “Our officers are making a number of enquiries in connection with reports of assault and public order offences.

“The investigation is ongoing and, at this stage, no-one has been arrested.”

A Punchbowl spokesman said: “An isolated incident between customers occurred on Sunday, our team was quick to react and respond to diffuse the situation and then called the police.

"We are continuing to help the police in their investigation.”



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