Midnight mayhem in Welwyn Garden City town pub brawl

TEN police vehicles raced to a WGC street on Sunday after reports of a large disturbance and chaos among revellers. A worker from O Neill s pub in Parkway told how police had to use CS gas to disperse the 40-strong crowd as mayhem unfolded just after

TEN police vehicles raced to a WGC street on Sunday after reports of a large disturbance and chaos among revellers.

A worker from O'Neill's pub in Parkway told how police had to use CS gas to disperse the 40-strong crowd as mayhem unfolded just after midnight.

The pub employee said officers - some of whom had arrived in three riot vans - and two dog handlers, sprayed CS gas at members of the rowdy crowd to gain control of the situation.

He added: "The security staff and police did a good job."

An eyewitness said: "It kicked off after midnight and suddenly there was police everywhere.

"Police officers had Alsatians which were really fired up by the shouting and were barking at everyone."

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The 28-year-old man, who did not wish to be named, added: "There seems to be more trouble and fighting in WGC every week and I don't like going out round here anymore."

Police say trouble flared in the pub and spilled out onto the street.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at 12.05am after a crowd was acting rowdily and things got heated with a number of scuffles and little fights.

"There were quite a number of officers at the scene and two people were arrested for public disorder offences for threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour."

The spokeswoman added: "The incident was closed at 1.15am."

A 23-year-old man from WGC was arrested and bailed to return to Hatfield police station on May 1.

A 23-year-old man from Stevenage was arrested and cautioned.

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