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Huge punch-up outside pub
7:30am Thursday 24th May 2012 in News
A CHAFFORD Hundred pub was the scene of a mass brawl involving 100 people.
The Grays Harvester, which sits on the junction of the North Stifford Arterial Road and Clockhouse Lane, had a window smashed as a large fight took place outside it on Friday night.
An eyewitness, who lives opposite the pub and restaurant, told the Gazette there was a huge crowd of people.
She said: “My husband was watching it upstairs and I went up to see what was going on.
“There was a huge crowd of people and a few punches were thrown.
“There was a lot of shouting and people trying to pull other people away from one another.
“I don’t know how the fight broke out.
“It’s very unusual to see that sort of thing around here. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
“There is a rumour that gipsies were involved, but I think that’s just a silly rumour.”
Police were called to the pub at 10.15pm after reports of a disturbance.
On arrival, they were forced to call for back-up due to the number of people involved. The crowd were eventually dispersed, however, and neighbourhood officers patrolled the area for some time after the incident to ensure trouble did not flare up again.
No arrests were made and there were no reports of any injuries.
A police spokesman said: “A small window of the restaurant was smashed, causing £100 damage.
“Police are investigating an incident of criminal damage and anyone with information can contact Grays police station.”