Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry brawl near nightclub: four bailed

The Escape club after the incident
Image caption The area was cleared by about 0500 BST on Wednesday

Four men arrested after a mass brawl near a Coventry nightclub have been bailed.

A 200-strong crowd near the Escape site in Hales Street was dispersed within 45 minutes early on Wednesday.

A 19-year-old was held on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon. A 21-year-old, a 20-year-old and a 24-year-old were held on suspicion of affray.

The four have been ordered not to return to the city as part of bail conditions before they re-appear at Coventry police station in September.

The 19-year-old is from Brixton, London. The 21-year-old, the 20-year-old and the 24-year-old come from London, Northampton and Essex respectively.

A mass brawl started after fighting between two men inside the club spilled on to the streets. The area was cleared by about 0500 BST on Wednesday.

Ch Insp Kerry Blakeman, from Coventry police, said: "There has been a lot of [scaremongering] about how cuts to police budgets would affect our ability to respond to emergency situations.

"However, this incident has highlighted how we are able to get large numbers of officers to a scene within a short space of time, effectively deal with the situation and stop disorder spreading."

In a statement released by police, bar owner Kevin McCloskey said police arrived in force and "did a fantastic job".

He added: "I have had a very constructive meeting with the police and we will be looking at working with them ahead of planning any third-party events."

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