Reckless thug slams car into pub landlord minutes after brawl

A reckless thug ploughed a car into a pub landlord after a brawl outside a pub on Saturday night.

The incident followed a fight outside the Victoria Hotel in Warrington Road, Rainhill, at around 11.15pm, injuring 48-year-old landlord Steve Jones and a 29-year-old man.

The brawl began with an altercation between two men in the pub toilets and was moved outside by pub staff and customers.

Mr Jones told the ECHO: "The fight involved three people. It was moved outside the pub and was stopped, then it briefly re-ignited again.

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"There was a lot of shouting and people were trying to break it up.

"It finished and the next thing I was knocked over by a car, I didn't even see it coming.

"I was lying on the ground and people were telling me to stay there."

Mr Jones spent the night and following day in hospital and suffered a broken collar bone alongside cuts and bruises.

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He said: "I do want to thank the people who came in asking about me. We try to make the pub a good place for people, and this was an isolated incident."

Police are now hunting for the driver of a Seat Leon, which travelled from the direction of Station Road.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: "Officers were called following reports of a fight involving two groups of men on the street outside.

"It is believed the fight followed an earlier altercation involving two men in the pub toilets.

"The groups were separated and a short time later, a grey Seat Leon travelling from the direction of Station Road was driven towards a group of people on Victoria Street.

"Two men, aged 48 and 29 were struck by the car and sustained non-life threatening injuries. One was taken to hospital for treatment."

On Sunday the Force said one man was briefly knocked unconscious during the fight but refused medical treatment.

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No arrests have been made so far and an investigation is ongoing.

Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness said: “It is extremely fortunate that no-one was seriously injured or worse as these reckless actions could’ve had tragic consequences, and we are carrying out a number of enquiries including examining CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses to locate those involved and establish the full circumstances.

"At this time we do believe this was an isolated incident and that the fight and the car being driven at the group are connected.
“We know there was a large number of people at the Victoria Hotel and in the surrounding area at the time of and we are keen to speak to anyone with information on the incident, so if you were present, know anyone involved or have CCTV or dashcam footage, please let us know.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or 101 quoting ref. 20000440734. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.