Bouncers criticised for walking off as man beaten with baseball bat outside Portsmouth pub

Police are searching a house in Maybridge as part of Operation Radar
Police are searching a house in Maybridge as part of Operation Radar
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DOOR staff who walked away while a man was attacked with a baseball bat near a pub have been criticised.

Footage shot by a passerby shows the 23-year-old victim outside the Clarence Gardens pub in North End when he grapples with another man.

A third man then approaches with the bat and swings at the first man’s legs four times.

Bouncers in high-visibility jackets walk off into the London Road pub when the baseball bat man approaches.

People on The News Facebook page were shocked after watching the video footage.

One woman said: ‘That security guy should be ashamed of himself – disgusting.’

Another agreed, adding: ‘Why oh why did that security guy not step in to help. He should be disgusted with himself.’

A spokeswoman for pub operator Greene King said staff at the Clarence Gardens did act quickly but is speaking with the firm that supplied the doormen.

Police confirmed they are now investigating the assault that happened at 9pm on Thursday.

The victim sustained bruising and was treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

After the assault the two men drove away in a grey Audi saloon car.

Detective Constable Nick Wisdom said: ‘We are following a number of lines of enquiry to identify the offenders.

‘I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.’

Nelson ward councillor Colin Galloway said North End is a safe place.

But he added: ‘I am very concerned but I am not aware of anything else that has escalated.’

The Greene King spokeswoman said: ‘We are shocked by this incident outside the pub.

‘While this incident did not involve any of our customers, we are doing everything we can to help the police with their enquiries.

‘Our own team acted quickly and followed necessary procedures.’

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