Barman attacked by abusive customer

Police are seeking this man over an assault at Withy Arms pub Bamber Bridge
Police are seeking this man over an assault at Withy Arms pub Bamber Bridge
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A raging customer returned for revenge after being ejected from a Bamber Bridge pub.

The man went behind the bar where three terrified young women – one aged just 18 – were working, and intimidated them, before assaulting the bar manager who had thrown him out for his vile language moments earlier.

The man had been out with a group of men in the Withy Arms on Station Road and they were being rowdy and swearing throughout the evening.

They were warned about their behaviour by bar manager Luke Mercer.

Mr Mercer, who is in his late 20s, eventually had to call the police when their behaviour got even worse and they refused to leave.

At this stage the six men, aged between 20 and 50, left the pub after being abusive to him, but one ran back in and went behind the bar where the women were working.

Police are hunting the man following the incident at 9.45pm on Saturday.

Today Lee Forshaw, director and designated premises supervisor, said: “I don’t understand why people like that come to our venues – we have a strict behaviour policy all over the doors.

“He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“The manager had followed procedure to warn them and after the second warning they were asked to leave.

“They refused and were abusive and so the police were called.

“They left the building at that stage but this man ran back in the pub.

“We know who some of them are but not this man.”

He added: “He was abusive and intimidating to three female workers who were frightened by his behaviour.

“He physically grabbed the manager.

“Apparently, it lasted around three minutes.

“The group he was with came back in and dragged him away from the pub, they left just before the police arrived.”

He added all the men were barred from their three premises.

Mr Mercer, who has worked in the Withy Arms for around six months, is said to be shaken up but did not require hospital treatment. He has returned to work.

Police have issued a CCTV image from the pub of a man they would like to speak to in connection with their inquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 1718 of September 26.

Alternatively, you can contact or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.