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Four arrests after more Weymouth violence
FOUR people have been arrested following a disturbance in a Weymouth street in which a police officer was assaulted.
Officers were called to the St Mary Street area at around 7am on Sunday morning.
Three local men, aged 21, 20 and 19, and a 19-year-old woman, also from the area, have been arrested in connection to the incident for alleged public order offences.
The disturbance, believed to have involved around 16 people, occurred just two days after three men were arrested following a serious assault in another violent incident in the early hours in Weymouth town centre.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “We received a report of a disturbance near St Mary Street involving a large group of people.
“A police officer was assaulted during the course of it.
“No weapons were involved.”
It is believed the police officer who was assaulted was left with a broken nose.
Eyewitnesses said the incident, which involved a group of 16 people, happened near the junction of St Mary Street and St Alban Street, which was allegedly closed for more than an hour afterwards.
Dennis Spurr, proprietor of the Fantastic Sausage Factory, said the incident unfolded close to his business in the town.
“I am really fed up of this kind of behaviour in the town.
“People are staying out drinking until 7am and then causing trouble - it is not a good look for Weymouth.
“I open early every day so I keep seeing things like this happen and I've even had drunken people trying to get into my shop, they probably think it is funny.”
He added: “I didn't open early on Sunday, but I've heard about the incident which apparently involved a group of 16 people. We heard that a police officer was assaulted and the person who did it broke his nose.
“The area where St Mary Street meets St Alban Street was closed off for a couple of hours.”
“We need to end this kind of behaviour in the town and the clubs needs to close earlier.”
Anyone who witnessed the event or with any information should contact Dorset Police on 101.
Borough Councillor Geoff Petherick, community safety spokesman and member of the Police and Crime panel, said: “This incident is intolerable.
“This type of early morning assault is something we are looking into and are taking very seriously.
“The council has been working with Inspector Les Fry to find ways to manage incidents like this.
“We are working to encourage local bars, pubs and clubs to volunteer to close earlier.
“The Dorothy Inn has already agreed to close at 11pm and we are working to encourage others to do the same instead of trying to impose it through licensing.”
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