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Fights: Police dealt with two separate brawls in Belfast

Fights: Police dealt with two separate brawls in Belfast

Fights: Police dealt with two separate brawls in Belfast

Fights: Police dealt with two separate brawls in Belfast

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Fights: Police dealt with two separate brawls in Belfast

Police were called to two separate brawls in south Belfast on Saturday night, the first at a charity event in a hotel.

Fighting broke out between groups of spectators at the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event in Shaw’s Bridge. The event, run by Ultra MMA, took place at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Videos seen by the Belfast Telegraph show fighting inside and outside the venue.

In one indoor video, men are seen attacking each other resulting in a woman being knocked onto a table.

Additional footage shows groups of men squaring up to each other, one wearing a clearly bloodied white shirt.

Around 20 men are involved, with a number throwing punches while others attempt to defuse the situation.

As it unfolds a man can be seen lying motionless on the ground, while other men continue to exchange vicious punches and kicks.

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What appears to be a staff member, wearing an apron, intervenes to assist another woman who is knocked to the ground in the melee outside.

A passerby can be heard saying: “This is a disgrace of a country.”

Police in south Belfast said a report of anti-social behaviour was received on Saturday at 7.25pm. The PSNI said: “Upon the arrival of officers a short time later, the crowd gathered in a car park dispersed and no reports of injuries or complaints were made.”

Crowne Plaza Hotel said it was not in a position to comment. Ultra MMA has also been contacted for a statement.

Separately, a 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a suspected Class A drug after a fight outside licensed premises on the Dublin Road at around 9.30pm.

The PSNI said “the victim was assaulted by a man who punched him to the back of his head”.

One man was taken to hospital for treatment.


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