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Appeal for witnesses after double assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault of a Portswood pub landlord and a friend who tried to help him. It happened just before 11pm on Saturday, October 26th.

When the 57-year-old landlord refused to serve a group of men and women, one of the women started punching him repeatedly.

Then a man from the group grabbed the landlord around the throat and pushed him across the room, breaking a table. A friend of the landlord, a 62-year-old man, came to his aid, but he was punched in the face and received serious facial injuries.

This was a rare incident in a busy and popular pub. Numerous people are believed to have been in the pub at the time of the assaults. They could not help but see what happened. I need to hear from anyone who can identify those involved."

– PC Kate Wright, Hampshire Constabulary