Pompey captain cautioned by police after Southampton bar assault

Liam Lawrence pictured during the Pompey v Saints match at Fratton Park
Liam Lawrence pictured during the Pompey v Saints match at Fratton Park

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POMPEY’S captain Liam Lawrence has been given a police caution for headbutting a dad-of-two in a club.

Lawrence, 30, was arrested for assaulting James Thorp at Cafe Parfait in Above Bar Street, Southampton.

Mr Thorp, from Calmore, was out with workmates and claims Lawrence picked up one of the drinks he was minding and drank it before walking off.

When Mr Thorp asked him to buy a replacement the Pompey star headbutted him.

The 28-year-old, from Southampton, was left with a suspected broken nose, two black eyes and a cut lip following his ordeal on December 11 - just a week before Pompey’s clash with arch rivals Saints at Fratton Park.

Lawrence, who was detained by door staff at the scene and arrested.

He admitted the offence and was handed a police caution.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘Police can confirm that they were called to Café Parfait in Above Bar Street in Southampton on Sunday December 11 to deal with an allegation of assault on a 28-year-old Southampton man.

‘The man was allegedly head butted in a dispute over a drink.

‘Door staff detained a 30-year-old man from Warsash who police arrested in connection with the incident. He was questioned and admitted the offence and given an adult caution.”

Portsmouth Football Club has said it is aware of the incident but declined to make a comment.,