Published:
July 18, 2015
Police issue CCTV appeal after 'disturbance' at seafront hotel

Burnham-On-Sea Police have appealed for the public’s help in identifying a man who may have information about a disturbance in the town earlier this year.

Police say the incident took place at the Royal Clarence Hotel on The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Sunday 31st May, but they have only just released CCTV photos.

"There was a disturbance in the bar area of the hotel involving up to eight men. Two men have been arrested and bailed in relation to the incident," said police spokeswoman Sarah Key.

"Officers are keen to trace one man who may have information that could help our enquiries. He is described as white, around 25-35 years old, of medium build, 5ft8ins with short brown hair. He has tattoos on his right arm and was wearing a hoodie over a yellow t-shirt."

"We are releasing CCTV images of the man and would like anyone who recognises him or has any information about the incident to contact us."

If you can help, report it online at bit.ly/1kfjr3V quoting reference 57225/15. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or call 101, quoting the above reference number.

Paul Chatwin, from The Clarence Hotel, said: "I would like the opportunity to clarify that the incident which took place in our hotel bar was initiated by people who arrived from another public house within the town centre and who were promptly asked to leave our premises. What alarms me is that it took the Police over a month to obtain a statement from an injured young woman and they are now claiming a delay in obtaining CCTV from the hotel - when this was provided to them (in detail) within hours of the incident. Myself and my staff are saddened at the delay in resolving this issue, and, moving forward, we will be asking each licensed premises within the town to take action to ensure those responsible in the area are refused service. Far too many landlords are happy to rely on door staff to police their properties and sweep this type of incident under the table rather than address the issue."

"The Royal Clarence Hotel will always seek a legal and/or civil prosecution against any individual or group deemed responsible for 'anti-social behaviour' on our premises. We call on each licensed premises to adhere to the terms of their premises license so that this type of incident may be removed from the town altogether."


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