Concern over Gosport pub door staff levels after brawl

Jessica Cummings
Jessica Cummings
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CONCERNS have been raised over staffing levels at a pub where a woman had her face slashed in a mass brawl.

A member of staff at The Star in High Street, Gosport, has said more door staff are needed – despite the venue meeting its licence requirements.

Speaking anonymously they said: ‘Really there should have been more security.

‘The incident would have been closed down before it happened.’

The person added that with just two security staff working on Friday and Saturday evenings it can be difficult to manage the door.

One bouncer is on the front door and one on the back, so if any trouble kicks off a bouncer has to leave a door.

The source added: ‘It’s got a big capacity on the licence.’

Jessica Cummings, 20, of Stubbington, was with friends celebrating a 21st birthday when a fight broke out.

She said: ‘Really there should be more.

‘You think it’s open quite late, there’s not enough in there.’

Another woman pulled her hair extensions out and threw a glass at her, Jessica said.

She called for pubs to use plastic containers instead of glass following the incident in the early hours of June 22.

Four people were injured, police said. A 30-year-old man was taken to hospital.

Jessica went to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and had two stitches.

Wetherspoon’s spokesman Eddie Gershon said two bouncers work on Friday and Saturday between 8.30pm and 1.30am. Another is brought in on Bank Holidays.

He said: ‘We have managers who are SIA-trained positioned on the door or walking the floor as the business dictates.

‘The incident in the pub was regrettable and we understand the distress it caused to the lady in question. However we do not believe that more security staff would have prevented this incident.’

He added incidents such as this are rare and the police are happy with the door team.

Councillor Roger Allen, chairman of licensing at Gosport’s council said the police had not asked for a review of the pub’s licence.

n Three people were arrested and bailed by police.