Drinker battered by boxing fans in Portobello bar

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A PUB-GOER suffered a broken cheekbone after he was attacked by three boxing fans who had blocked his view of a band playing in the bar.

The suspects carried out the assault at the Three Monkeys pub in Portobello’s High Street shortly after leaving a boxing event at the nearby Town Hall.

The 39-year-old man suffered serious facial wounds and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

A 25-year-old bar worker who tried to help the victim sustained minor injuries, while another man was assaulted during the incident at around 10.45pm on Saturday.

He left before police arrived.

The thugs had only been in the bar for a short while before becoming involved in the
disturbance.

It is thought they had been to the Portobello Town Hall for the city’s first semi-
professional boxing event,
Portobello Thunder.

One of them had blocked the view of a band performing in the bar, and the men attacked the victim after he politely asked him to move.

The suspects made off on to the High Street before being lost to sight.

It is the second incidence of violence to erupt following a boxing bout after violence flared at Barn Boxing Club in Coathead a few weeks ago.

Video footage of the violence showed fans, including women and children, fleeing as chairs were thrown across the room and punches were thrown at the event, which featured Lochend Amateur Boxing Club.

The event’s announcer took to the microphone to tell the thugs to stop, pleading: “That is enough – you have now spoiled a whole evening with your stupidity.”

Barn blamed football thugs supporting Lochend fighters for the rammy.

Police Scotland were aware of the skirmish last month but were not needed to attend.

However, detectives are keen to find witnesses to the latest incident and are now urging anyone who can assist with their inquiries to come forward.

The first suspect is described as white, late 20s to late 30s, 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build, short brown hair and round features.

The second suspect was white, between 35 and 45 years old, 5ft 7in tall with a stocky build and bulging eyes.

The third suspect was white, late 20s, average height with a thin build.

Detective Constable John McShane said: “All three suspects are believed to have
visited the pub, having attended a local boxing event at the nearby town hall, and almost immediately became involved in a dispute with those inside the premises.

“During the disturbance three men suffered various injuries, and we are keen to trace the third victim, who was not present when officers arrived.”

He added: “Similarly, anyone who can help us identify the men responsible, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation should contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

alan.mcewen@edinburghnews.com

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