Cheltenham man's jaw fractured in assault outside Boogie Lounge
THREE teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after a man's jaw was fractured in a fight outside a Cheltenham nightclub.
The 21-year-old victim is now awaiting an operation at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital following the attack, which happened around 2.20am on Saturday morning.
Inspector Simon Todd, of Gloucestershire Police, said officers were initially called to Boogie Lounge in Imperial Lane after reports of around 10 people in a fight.
However, on arrival they discovered the 21-year-old had been assaulted.
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A 19-year-old and 18-year-old, both from Cheltenham, plus a 17-year-old from Taunton were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
They were detained in Cheltenham Police Station over the weekend.
Councillor Barbara Driver (C, Lansdown) said violent crimes such as these were not common in the spa town, but she said they were fuelled by alcohol consumption, which was, worryingly, on the increase.
"Obviously things like this do go on, but we are lucky considering the amount of people that go out in Cheltenham," she said.
"It is quite a small number that are victims of crime. But that does not mean the attacks are not serious.
"This is definitely something that we have got to keep an eye on because any violence is not on.
"I think a lot of violence is down to alcohol and without a shadow of a doubt people are drinking too much.
"It is getting worse and that is not only causing problems with violence, but also has a huge impact of people's health.
"I think that is the biggest problem Cheltenham will face in relation to binge drinking, as violence is relatively rare when you consider the amount of people who are out at night enjoying the evenings."
The attack comes as Cheltenham Borough Council is considering taxing clubs and bars to help keep streets safe.
Anyone who witnessed the attack that has not spoken to police can ring them on 101, quoting incident 49 of February 16.