Southsea pub staff shocked by attack on four brothers

The Jolly Sailor in Clarence Parade, Southsea
The Jolly Sailor in Clarence Parade, Southsea
  • Police launch hunt for attackers following brutal assault outside The Jolly Sailor in Southsea
  • Pub landlord says it is ‘disgusting’ perpetrators think they can act outside of the law
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A pub boss says his staff have been left shocked by a gang attack on four brothers.

Two have been left in a serious condition in hospital following a brutal gang attack outside a Southsea pub.

It’s disgusting these people are walking the streets thinking they can act outside of the law.

Ross McInally, owner of The Jolly Sailor

Police have launched a hunt for the thugs who set upon the pair without warning after they left The Jolly Sailor following a night out with their family.

The drama unfolded in Clarence Road on Saturday after the brothers were repeatedly punched and knocked to the ground by a group of men.

The victims’ two other brothers, who had spent the evening with them, tried to intervene but were also attacked and suffered minor cuts and scrapes.

The attackers have been condemned for their ‘disgusting’ actions – as officers urge anyone with information about the brothers’ ordeal to come forward.

Ross McInally, owner of The Jolly Sailor, said staff had been left ‘shocked’ by the incident.

He said: ‘Unfortunately they came out and bumped into the wrong group of people.

‘It’s unacceptable and ridiculous.

‘From what I saw of the CCTV, this happened without any prior warning.

‘They came out and weren’t prepared for it.

‘It’s disgusting these people are walking the streets thinking they can act outside the law.’

Scott Taylor, assistant manager of Drift Bar, in nearby Palmerston Road, said: ‘Obviously we need to keep the place safe, that’s the number one objective of opening a bar.

‘We don’t want our customers scared around here. It will be most likely brought up at the next pubwatch meeting. It seems a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’

The main offender was white, in his 30s, stocky, bald and wearing a white long-sleeved shirt with blue jeans.

The other attackers were white and also in their 30s.

Det Con Heather Hudson, from the Eastern Investigation Team, said: ‘This was a totally unprovoked attack, in which two of the brothers were knocked unconscious and they were set upon by a group of unknown people who repeatedly punched them.

‘At this time, people may have been leaving restaurants and bars and we urge people to come forward and help us identify the persons responsible.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Hudson at the Eastern Investigation Team on 101 quoting 44150292292.

Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.