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Nightclub bouncer hit me, claims Old Town reveller
7:00pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A REVELLER has told police how she blacked out after being knocked into a wall by a bouncer at a newly-launched nightclub. The 26-year-old woman claims she was struck by the doorman at Tiger Bills, in Old Town, after she and her boyfriend were ordered out through a fire exit.
The nightclub has refuted the allegations and says it acted in a correct and professional manner.
The woman’s boyfriend was charged with assaulting a police officer but she claims he was trying to break free to reach her after she was sent crashing into the wall outside the club.
The account manager, who asked not to be named, said: “A friend of ours had been thrown out, in all honesty he was dancing around all over the place and I don’t think his face fit.
“We were asked to leave as well. We said we wanted to leave out of the same exit but were told we had to walk back through the club. My boyfriend said that was unreasonable.
“The doorman pinned him up against the doors and I put my arms up between them andsaid ‘what are you doing?’ “He pushed my boyfriend in the chest and he went flying out .
“The doorman then swiped me with his arm and I fell into a wall. I must have blacked out for a few seconds. My boyfriend was being held by the police and trying to wriggle free to get to me.”
The woman, who says she suffered cuts and bruises, complained to police after the incident and has since made a formal statement.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm we have had a report from a 26-year-old Swindon woman who alleges she was assaulted by a member of door staff at Tiger Bills early on Sunday, September 30. Inquiries are continuing.”
Tiger Bills opened at the end of August with a selection of bars, a VIP mezzanine and a Miami-inspired roof terrace.
General manager Dan Field said: “We are working closely with the police.
“We have supplied all statements and CCTV to support the correct and professional manner in which this situation was resolved”
David Shaun Flynn, from Deerhurst Way in Toothill, will appear before Swindon magistrates on October 24 charged with assaulting a police officer.