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PSNI launch Operation Exposure to identify those involved in Balmoral Show brawl

The PSNI has urged those involved to come forward.

Video of the brawl shows event security staff struggling with drunken revellers in a bar tent
Video of the brawl shows event security staff struggling with drunken revellers in a bar tent

The PSNI has set up a team to identify those involved in a massive drunken brawl at the Balmoral Show.

A video of the incident at Northern Ireland's premier agricultural event went viral on Facebook after the fight on Friday.

The PSNI has now set up Operation Exposure to identify, track down, and put before the courts those responsible.

The fight occurred at the bar area with the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society saying the fight was quickly brought under control by security personnel.

An officer, posting on PSNI Craigavon, said: "The Balmoral Show is fantastic. It's a family event, the pinnacle of the agricultural calendar for many, and an event attended by tens of thousands every year.

"Even for someone like myself who doesn't know the difference between a Massey Fergusson and a Nathan Carter, there is something on offer. It's a brilliantly organised event. Many people work hard all year round for it, putting our wee country on a truly global stage.

"That makes it all the more appalling that such thuggish behaviour broke out on Friday. With the eyes of the world on us, a small minority let us all down."

The officer said there was reports of children and even prams being toppled as well as innocent bystanders left cowering in corners as thugs threw punches at each other.

The officer added: "For that, there shall be consequences.

"It's not just the public video either. Body cam caught even more, so don't think you've escaped. An investigation team has been established. The South Area Public Order Enquiry Team will use Op Exposure to identify, track down, and put before the courts those responsible.

"If you're reading this in the knowledge that you're involved but don't know what Op Exposure is, it's simple.

"We take your image, make it public on this page, and await the calls from those who thought better of you. Be in no doubt, it works. It has put hundreds of people before the courts and it will work again if needed."

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