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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Barrow pub boss assaulted in stag night bar brawl

A RUGBY player on a stag night was involved in a bar brawl in Barrow captured on CCTV.

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VICTIM Mike Fallon outside the Theatre Bar in Cavendish Street, Barrow. LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50010423B001

Stuart Tippett got involved in the melee in a packed Theatre Bar at 12.50am on Sunday July 20.

Furness Magistrates’ Court was told yesterday that the Dalton RL player, 30, reacted when he saw his brother get involved in a fight in the busy Barrow, pub.

The court was shown CCTV footage of what Mr Peter Kelly, prosecuting, described as a “fracas” which lasted for a couple of minutes. As the incident died down, Tippett ran outside into Cavendish Street and shoved pub owner Mike Fallon out of the way.

The father of three, of Kennet Road, Walney, admitted assault, and using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.

Mr Kelly said the incident was reported to police and Tippett was interviewed twice.

On a scale of one to 10 of drunkenness, he told police he was around six or seven. He had no recollection of the incident at first, but after watching the CCTV accepted he threw punches in the melee and took someone down to the floor.

Mr Kelly said Tippett accepted he had not complied with doorstaff when they tried to calm things down and that his behaviour was unacceptable. He told officers he would not have behaved that way if not for the alcohol.

Mr Andy Gallagher, defending Tippet, a window cleaner for the past five years, said: “He cannot remember all of the incident, but the footage we’ve seen suggests this incident was not started by the defendant.

“He was minding his own business at the bar and his brother became involved in this argument with another male and things have unfortunately escalated. At which point, he has turned around and seen what’s going on and acted initially in defence of his brother and got involved. There’s no suggestion he acted in self defence.”

Mr Gallagher said there was no suggestion of any injuries sustained and regarding the shove on Mr Fallon added: “He is wound up by that point and is rushing to get outside and pushing – it’s nothing more than that.” Tippett was ordered to carry out 160 hours’ unpaid work and pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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