Fireworks attack on Nelson pub

Lord Nelson pub in Nelson
Lord Nelson pub in Nelson
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Police are appealing for information after an attack on popular town centre pub The Lord Nelson in the early hours of Monday.

A group of youths, believed to be of Asian heritage, threw fireworks in and around the door area of the pub, but luckily the venue did not catch fire.

People are understandably just too afraid to come into the town centre and the pub in case it gets attacked again

Landlord Phil Hardcastle

Police were called to the incident around half past midnight but were unable to make any arrests.

Sgt Tim Mitchin of Lancashire Constabulary said police will be looking into matters and reviewing CCTV from the pub and the town centre to try to catch those responsible.

The incident is the second of its kind in less than 12 months after the pub was targeted on Bonfire Night last year in a similar attack, again by a group of youths believed to be of Asian heritage, filling the room with smoke after the fireworks were thrown in to the venue’s lounge.

Last time, three people inside the pub suffered injuries and had to be taken to hospital after the attack, and a police officer who attended the incident had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Pub landlord Phil Hardcastle says the incidents are affecting business.

He said: “People are understandably just too afraid to come into the town centre and the pub in case it gets attacked again.”

“Last time out some of my customers had to go to the hospital because of their injuries and that just isn’t right.

“Obviously people are going to be put off coming to the town centre and the pub when things like this are happening.”

Mr Hardcastle’s car was also targeted by the youths on the night on Monday night, it was found with big scratches down the drivers side of the vehicle.