Samurai swords wielded in fight outside pub

TWO samurai swords were brandished in a violent scuffle between three men outside a village pub near Weston.

Miraculously, the late-night fight in the centre of Banwell resulted in only minor injuries, including a black eye for one of the trio.

But police are investigating the brawl and have arrested two men - one from the village and one from Bridgwater - in connection with the incident.

This week, Sergeant Sharon Bennett called on witnesses to the fight on July 2 to come forward with more information.

Strangely, officers were not called to the incident, but after it was reported the next morning, they recovered the weapons and arrested the two men, who have since been released on bail.

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The street incident broke out just 10 minutes after the end of the live televised boxing match between David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko.

Councillors and villagers have this week expressed their shock at the incident, which has been described as ‘rare’ by Sgt Bennett.

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She told the Mercury: “I want to reassure people in the village that this is a one-off incident – violent crime in this area is scarce.

“However, we have taken this seriously.

“As soon as we found out we made our enquiries and two arrests in connection with the incident.

“We also recovered the samurai swords, which are now in our hands.”

Sgt Bennett said she believed the men had been drinking in The Bell Inn, but did not want to associate the fight with the village pub in West Street.

She also said the swords, which were used only for threatening purposes, were not taken into the public house.

The incident, however, has not stopped district councillor Tim Marter suggesting a licence review should be carried out at the pub.

Cllr Marter has said he will consult with police before deciding whether to call for the review into the licence, which allows the pub to remain open until 2am at weekends.

The manager at the Bell Inn declined to comment.

Anyone with information on the fight should call police on 0845 4567000.

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