Hartlepool pub beer garden cordoned off after two hurt in ‘knife attack’

CORDONED OFF: The beer garden of the King John's Tavern.
CORDONED OFF: The beer garden of the King John's Tavern.

POLICE have cordoned off a pub beer garden following an assault with left two men with facial injuries.

The incident happened in the outdoor beer garden area of the King John’s Tavern, in South Road, off Victoria Road, in Hartlepool, and police were called.

Eye-witnesses reported that there was a fight in the beer garden around 9.30pm yesterday, on Thursday, January 29, with possible sightings of someone with a knife and some people covered in blood.

The victims, a 31-year-old man and another man whose age is unknown, suffered facial injuries which are not life-threatening.

One man was treated by paramedics at the scene, while another was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Police say both have been given follow-up appointments at the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

Scenes of crime experts were also sent to carry out investigations at the beer garden, which was taped off by police.

Two first aid kits, with blood-stained cloths, could also be seen on a table in the outdoor area of the establishment.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police could not confirm whether or not a knife had been used in the incident, at this stage.

She said: “Just before 9.30pm last night, Thursday, January 29, police were called to reports of an altercation in which two men had suffered facial injuries which, although requiring hospital treatment, are not believed to be life threatening.

“This was reported to have taken place in the beer garden of the King John Tavern in Hartlepool.

“A 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the alleged incident and they remain in custody facing questioning.

“Police would like to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information.”

Witnesses should telephone Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on (0800) 555111.