Leeds pub wake punch-up

The Fellmonger.
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A punch-up at a pub wake led to a police officer needing hospital treatment after he was reportedly struck with a chair when he tried to break up the fight.

Five men – all members of the same family – were arrested and the pub closed after the fight got out of hand during the funeral wake for a grandmother.

Neighbours said a crowd of 50 gathered in the car park of the Fellmonger on North Parkway, Seacroft, Leeds, at around 6.30pm on Thursday.

Seven police vehicles and two ambulances were called.

Annabel Galea said she called police after she heard shouting and screaming coming from the pub.

“We had seen people outside attending a funeral wake around 11.30am. At 4.30pm there was a large group still there drinking and I feared problems.

“About 6.30pm I called to my husband George and we could hear screaming and shouting. There were about 50 people and men fighting,” said Mrs Galea.

“The police began dragging people out. One man was effing and blinding and when he refused to go away he was arrested,” she said.

Police blocked access into Rosgill Drive to prevent vehicles leaving, said Mr Galea.

The fighting initially subsided when police were called, but when officers entered the pub two groups at the bar began fighting again. One report said a police officer was hit with a chair.

A police spokesman confirmed officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the Fellmonger at about 6.30pm. They broke up a fight inside involving about 10 people and a male officer suffered a back injury which required hospital treatment. Five local men were arrested.

These included a 28-year-old for assault on police occasioning actual bodily harm and affray; a 28-year-old arrested for affray; a 30-year-old and a 27-year-old arrested for affray and being drunk and disorderly, and a 27-year-old for affray.

Police ordered the pub’s closure under Section 161 of the Licensing Act.

No-one available to comment at the Fellmonger.

The trouble comes months after a man was stabbed outside the pub by masked men and a year after a brawl ended with a man seriously injured when hit by a car outside.

In August 2009 a man suffered severe internal injuries when pinned against a lamp-post by a BMW outside the pub and in February 2007, Darren Bradshaw, 17, was stabbed and killed outside the Fellmonger.

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