A VIOLENT and shocking town centre brawl resulted in a bouncer and a punter being badly injured.

Essex Police were called to Head Street in Colchester shortly after 1.45am on Saturday following reports men had been assaulted.

One of the victims, a man in his 30s who is believed to be a doorman, is said to have suffered a broken cheekbone.

Another of the victims is reported to have suffered a loss of teeth, broken nose and concussion and had to be taken to hospital.

Two men, both from Colchester and aged 19 and 22, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm but have since been released under investigation.


In a video, the incident appears to take place outside Yates and shows a violent scuffle break out.

The clip, published on Twitter, captures the moment a doorman restrains a reveller before another man then launches an attack on the bouncer.


The incident then escalates between a large group of men and the bouncers before it spills out on to the street.

As the melee continues, one man is knocked unconscious and can be seen lying face down on the pavement with his face covered in blood.

It has since been reported he suffered a loss of teeth, broken nose and concussion and had to be taken to hospital.

The fracas was eventually diffused following the arrival of reinforcements.

Simon Crow, Colchester councillor for the Castle ward, said: “I saw the video and found it horrifying and there is no excuse for this kind of behaviour and it is not what we want in our town centre.

"The door staff are there to ensure everyone can enjoy their evening and attacks like this are completely unacceptable.”


The latest incident comes just one week after at least four people are believed to have had their drinks spiked while clubbing in the town centre on September 2 and 3.

Despite this, Mr Crow added: “As unpleasant as this is, however, I would remind people these incidents are rare and we want people to continue to feel safe when they are enjoying their night in the town centre.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident 94 of 11 September. or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The Stonegate Pub Company, which runs Yates, did not respond.