Bath landlady blasts police over pub incident
The landlady of a Batheaston pub caught up in an incident over the Jubilee weekend has blasted the police for the way they responded to it.
Last week the Chronicle reported on an altercation in the village on Sunday, June 4, which resulted in officers using CS spray against members of the public.
The police said they had been called to an assault in a car park and that when they took the victim into the White Lion pub, a fight began and officers had been put in danger.
Now Paula Day, who has run the White Lion for 12 years, has responded to the police's version of events and defended her business and customers. She said the initial assault which sparked the trouble did not happen in her pub or car park and that the police had been heavy-handed in the way they had dealt with it.
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She said: "I only knew there was any trouble when I heard the police sirens go by. It did not happen in my pub car park, we don't even have a car park.
"The policewoman asked if they could take him (the victim) out of the rain into my pub."
Ms Day said there had then been an exchange between the victim and one of her regulars and that the police had jumped on the regular "like a tonne of bricks".
"They just CS sprayed everybody, about 12 people, and one of them had burns on his face for the next three weeks. They sprayed somebody outside just a foot away from his face."
One of her customers Helen Fisher, who lives in Batheaston, has also questioned the way the police handled the incident and said villagers had been left angry by what had happened.
She said: "Many innocent people were left frightened, bewildered and angry by the police's actions."
A 23-year-old man, from Batheaston, was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
A 47-year-old man, also from Batheaston, was arrested on suspicion of affray and assaulting a police officer. He was also later bailed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Bath police on 101.