WGC pubgoer attacked with baseball bat in 40-man brawl

PUBLISHED: 08:54 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 26 October 2009

Scene of the brawl

Scene of the brawl

THUGS armed with baseball bats and planks of wood bludgeoned a man, leaving him with a fractured skull. A dad-of-three who ran out to help was also battered unconscious outside the Oak Tavern, in WGC, in the early hours of Saturday. Police believe around

THUGS armed with baseball bats and planks of wood bludgeoned a man, leaving him with a fractured skull.

A dad-of-three who ran out to help was also battered unconscious outside the Oak Tavern, in WGC, in the early hours of Saturday.

Police believe around 40 people became involved in the brawl, which continued down an alleyway towards Morrisons, in Black Fan Road.

Pub regular Daryl Harding was fighting for his life at the QE2 Hospital following the brutal attack, but yesterday was off the critical list.

Colin Bell, who co-owns the Moors Walk pub, raced to his friend's aid.

He said: "A bottle came through the pub window, so Daryl went to see what was going on.

"I saw someone swing, then I heard this awful thud as he went down.

"Then I got hit with a bat and that's all I remember."

Witnesses have told the WHT a young woman trying to call an ambulance had her mobile phone taken by one of the gang.

Pub co-owner Kim Teixeira said: "It was horrific.

"We're a community pub.

"This was a deliberate attack, the yobs arrived in cars.

"Even girls were being smacked in the face."

He added: "I'm proud of the youngsters that saved my friends and the people who work here.

"A lot of them got injured trying to protect the people who were attacked.

"The guy that got beaten up was a strong man.

"The severity of the beating is nothing a normal to medium-size person could've been able to survive.

"I would have been dead."

* Four men and two women, aged between 17 and 42, have been arrested and bailed for GBH.

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