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Wedding guests launch attack on police during violent brawl

Police who stormed a wedding reception to break up a violent brawl were attacked by angry guests who headbutted and kicked them as they tried to intervene.

Officers were called to reports of an alleged assault at Teeside Bridge Social Club which hosted 50 guests in Middlesbrough on September 4

Police rushed to the premises after they were told that a man had grabbed a woman by the neck and pinned her up against a wall outside of the venue.

But when the officers had arrived, the woman named Chantelle Smith, denied that she had been assaulted and ended up swearing at the officers before she kicked one of them in the shin.

TeesideLive reports that when the officers attempted to arrest the man who'd been accused of assaulting her – Smith put her arm out and shouted: "f****** get off him".

Her solicitor told Teeside Magistrates' Court that she couldn't remember the incident at all but "clearly regrets it and is remorseful" for her actions.

Nick Woodhouse, defending Smith, said: "They went to speak to the person she believes assaulted her, she doesn't cooperate with that, she's arrested for being drunk and disorderly and foolishly she kicks out at the officer.

"He's not injured, it's a bit of discomfort at the time."While smith attacked the police officers, another guest called Kieron Wilson, 19, who is a care worker, intervened and tried to punch an officer before he headbutted another one.

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Andrew McGee, defending care worker Wilson, told the court that the officer was not left injured and Wilson immediately said sorry for his actions.

A third member of the wedding party, who is the son-in-law of one of the newlyweds, decided to block police from entering the building by making a "physical barrier" between one of the officers and the club.

Mark Weetman, 37, drunkenly swore at the officer and got in his face when they tried to access the venue, the court was told.

Adelle Hurne who was defending Weetman, said: "He does tell me that he's remorseful.

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"He lives with his girlfriend and his four children. His girlfriend doesn't work, having suffered a stroke in 2019."

Smith was fined £200, ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer as well as £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Wilson was ordered to pay a £200 fine, £50 compensation to each officer, £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Weetman was fined £346, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

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