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Burnley FC fans lay siege to pub

Pub owners Denise Bennett and David Riley are angry and upset after Burnley football fans attacked the pub, breaking a window, which is thought to be 100 years old, before the Wigan Athletic v Burnley match, at Bird I'th Hand pub, Gidlow Lane, Wigan.

Pub owners Denise Bennett and David Riley are angry and upset after Burnley football fans attacked the pub, breaking a window, which is thought to be 100 years old, before the Wigan Athletic v Burnley match, at Bird I'th Hand pub, Gidlow Lane, Wigan.

Police are investigating after Clarets hooligans laid siege to a historic Wigan pub.

More than 30 Burnley fans went on a rampage after they were refused a drink in the Bird I’th’ Hand in Gidlow before the Clarets’ Championship clash with the Latics.

Security staff were forced to lock the doors as the thugs tried to force their way into the pub ahead of the game at the DW Stadium

Regulars were forced to take cover behind the bar as the hooligans attempted to kick in both doors in to gain entrance.

Drinkers were showered with glass as a 100-year-old window was punched through and the Burnley fans goaded customers inside.

Pub operations manager Denise Bennett said: “The Bird is a popular pub pre-match although we are off the beaten track so don’t usually get caught up in this type thing.

“All of a sudden we saw this huge crowd of lads walking down the pavement and in the middle of the road heading towards us and ran in quickly and locked the doors from the inside.

“They surrounded the pub shouting and yelling and trying to kick the doors down, literally, with their boots, so we called the police and they said they would send officers down as soon as possible.

“One of them then put his first straight through the vault window, shattering glass everywhere inside the pub.

“Many of them had their hoodies up and it was a really frightening experience.”

Police were called in, but the group, described as men in their late teens and early 20s, then dispersed as officers arrived.

GMP confirmed it was studying the pub’s CCTV cameras in conjunction with colleagues from Lancashire Constabulary in an effort to identify any of the Burnley fans involved as known trouble makers.

 

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