Man left with cuts to face accuses Bournemouth nightclub of being “heavy-handed” (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Man left with cuts to face accuses Bournemouth nightclub of being “heavy-handed”
A NIGHTCLUBBER has accused bouncers of being heavy-handed after he was pinned down and left with cuts to his chin and ear.
Bradley Clarke said he was held down by a doorman when he was out for a friend’s leaving-do at Halo nightclub in Bournemouth and trouble flared up.
The 23-year-old said he was restrained when he refused to stop filming incidents happening outside the club on his phone.
He said: “The doorman tried to snatch my phone from my hand, when that failed he grabbed me and wrestled me to the ground, he then pushed his knee into the back of my head and used all his weight to push my face into the floor.
“Then the blood began to drip from my ear lobe and chin.
“I’m not a fighter and I just feel let down.”
Mr Clarke said he is not yet sure if he will be able to put his large “stretcher” earing back into his ear when it heals.
Mr Clarke insists he and his friends had been trying to help control troublemakers and the bouncers had wrongly believed they had been involved.
He said after being pinned down by the bouncer he was handcuffed by police who then took him home in a police car.
Mr Clarke said when he got his phone back the footage he had filmed was gone.
Amy Thacker, general manager at Halo, said: “The police were in attendance and our security team assisted the police during this incident, which occurred on Tuesday October 1 at approximately 2.30am.”
Police confirmed they attended at Exeter Road at that time due to problems relating to groups of people who were told to disperse from the area.
A spokesman confirmed that Mr Clarke went into Bournemouth police station on Tuesday to complain about his treatment but no crime was recorded.
She said: “It was determined that there was a lawful restraint by door staff due to his behaviour and so advice was given to him.”
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