Police step in after busker drama in Bridport

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A BUSKER has been handed an on-the-spot fine after causing chaos in Bucky Doo Square this morning, Wednesday, June 25.

The incident took place at approximately 10.30am and policeman Scott McGregor who was nearby to the Bridport Arts Centre at the time stepped in to intervene.

Shocked onlookers and stall traders told how they saw police tackle the man to the ground to calm him down after he chucked a bucket of water at another performer.

PC McGregor said the busker, a cellist who did not have a permit, had been playing in the square for an hour before another guitar playing busker with a permit told him he had a day licence and asked him to stop playing.

He added: "I was best placed to deal with the situation and stepped in to calm him down.

"He has now been dealt with by means of a penalty notice."

The busker with a permit, who did not wish to be named, said: “I politely asked the cello player to move on because I had a permit to play in Bucky Doo that day, and he continued playing.

"He said he wasn't moving and asked whether I was going to perform over him.

“I then began to play my guitar in the same area and it wasn’t long before he had chucked water over me.

“He then said it was obvious I wasn’t from the local area. I have played in Bridport at least 10 times in the past and things like this do not happen often.”

One onlooker said it was lucky that the police were in the area at the time of the incident to step in.

She added: “Everyone rushed to the scene and those who did see what happened were very shocked. This type of thing is not common for Bridport at all.”

 

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