Police have made an arrest after being called to a pub in Arnold following reports that a man was threatening people with a broken bottle and also ‘shouting racist words’.
Officers believe the man was refused service at the pub and had walked to a petrol station nearby in order to purchase another bottle of alcohol before smashing it and using it to threaten people in the pub’s the beer garden.
Police quickly arrived at the scene in Mansfield Road at around 9.30pm and arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated threatening behaviour and affray in connection with the incident.
While travelling in a police van, it is alleged that the man repeatedly spat on the floor. He was then arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
Gedling’s Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Chris Pearson, said: “Nottinghamshire Police takes reports of racially aggravated incidents very seriously.
“Our officers attended the scene and acted quickly to make an arrest in connection with this incident – we are now working to establish the circumstances.
“Threatening behaviour will not be tolerated. The public should feel safe in pubs and restaurants and I’d like to thank the pub for their co-operation in this case. Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident
“A man was refused service at the bar and it is believed that he had not re-entered the pub once this had happened. The pub did the right thing and contacted police.
“The allegations of spitting in a police van are serious, particularly in light of the pandemic. Criminal damage to police property is totally unacceptable.
“I ask that anyone who has information on this incident to get in touch with us as soon as possible on 101 quoting incident number 704 of 20 September 2020.”