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Bottle attack on Newquay bouncer at Cribbar pub 'highlights danger' faced by doormen

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

NIGHTSPOT: The Cribbar, where a doorman was attacked.

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A PUB doorman was hospitalised after allegedly being stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle in Newquay in the early hours of Sunday.

The man, named locally as Ben Gormal, had tried to stop a group of people from getting close to the DJ stage at the Cribbar on Gover Lane when he was attacked at around 12.20am.

Police and paramedics were called and he was rushed to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske while officers cordoned off an area of the nightspot and launched an investigation.

Hundreds of people were said to be in the venue at the time of the suspected attack.

Pub owners JD Wetherspoon have said they are "distressed" by the assault and Newquay's police chief has vowed to review a string of incidents at the pub.

The attack has highlighted the danger faced by doormen, with one saying he has resorted to wearing a stab-proof vest to protect himself from knives and bottles.

It is hoped the injured bouncer, employed by St Austell-based security firm Coast 2 Coast, will make a full recovery.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "Our thoughts are with him and his family and we hope he makes a speedy recovery. We will continue to be vigilant and do all we can to assist the police."

Police Inspector Dave Meredith said: "This is a very serious assault which is being dealt with by detectives from Newquay CID. I am aware of previous incidents of crime and disorder at this premises, and will be reviewing these incidents with our licensing officer."

One doorman, who did not wish to be named, told the Cornish Guardian that police cuts and a weapon-carrying culture were making the job increasingly problematic and dangerous.

He said: "The police are having cutbacks so if we find someone out of control we have to restrain them for longer because it takes them so long to get here.

"When we're called on to kick someone out it can be very difficult for us. We don't have cuffs, pepper spray or batons; we have to restrain them with physical strength. You can end up being the one arrested because you've had to use force to restrain someone.

"A few years back you might get a punch but these days we're finding weapons being used more and more. I've started wearing stab-proof vests on the doors due to the threats you get. You have to take it seriously."

However, Mr Meredith said he was satisfied that police response times in Newquay were not a cause for concern.

He said: "Although the entire force has been hit with cutbacks, I am confident that Newquay has adequate police resources to deal with crime and disorder in the town. Having worked in Newquay as an inspector, patrol sergeant and neighbourhood team leader, I am acutely aware of the pressures the night-time economy puts on police resources."

A man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and released on police bail.

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  • StColumbMan  |  March 13 2014, 7:26AM

    Mr Meredith might be interested in these articles. If he genuinely believes that there is no "cause for concern" over Police response then he either is happy lying to the press or has a very twisted perception of what's acceptable! According to Newquay Police last year "violent crimes causing injury dropped by more than a third, from 19 to 12" or should that be re-phrased to we only really had enough staff / could be ****d to deal with 12 violent crimes last year. Not sure what's most annoying, that they think we're stupid enough to believe that only 12 violent crimes occurred in Newquay in a year or that they only dealt with 12 violent crimes! http://tinyurl.com/nm28f4z http://tinyurl.com/polpj64

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