Police appeal for witnesses after assault at Calico Bar in Oakham

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Calico Bar in Oakham in the early hours of Sunday.

The owners closed the bar early following the incident, which started when a man assaulted another man at about 1am.

More people then became involved and the incident spilled out into the car park.

As a result of the incident one man was treated by the ambulance service for an eye injury. He later attended hospital for further treatment.

A 45-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Sgt Matt Ditcher, of Rutland police, said: “We are still appealing for anyone with information about the incident, in particular what happened in the car park, to call us so we can locate the others involved.

“The owners of the bar did the right thing by notifying us and following the incident they closed the bar.

“Since then we have been working closely with the premises license holders to try and prevent incidents like this happening again.

“We have agreed a plan of action with the owners which aims to target excessive drinking, assaults and incidents of disorder. The plan consists of various points including increased security visibility, a reduction in the number of people that are served alcohol when already intoxicated and also increased contact with police regarding incidents similar to the one on Sunday.

“Because this isn’t the first time an incident like this has happened in the bar we will continue to work with the owners and will monitor their progress and hold them to account to ensure the safety of visitors to the bar.

“If you were at the bar that night and think you might be able to help us with our enquiries I would urge you to call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Ditcher by dialling 101. Follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and key in the officer’s identification number 2898. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A spokesman for HK Taverns, which owns Calico Bar, declined to comment.