Chris Whitwood has joined calls to end cuts in police funding and for zero tolerance to anti-social behaviour after witnessing a violent melee outside a Doncaster pub.
The Yorkshire Party Deputy Leader saw a brawl and vandalism outside The Plough pub in Doncaster in the run-up to Christmas.
Video footage obtained by the Yorkshire Party shows up to 40 people involved in the brawl on St Sepulchre Gate near Doncaster’s Frenchgate shopping centre.
“This was an absolutely disgusting act of mindless violence. Such vandalism is completely unacceptable. That pub is someone’s livelihood.
“South Yorkshire Police did well to respond so quickly and I urge anyone who recognises anybody in this video to report them to the police immediately.”
The incident, which happened at about 4.30pm on Saturday December 15, appears to have started as a fight outside the pub and escalated when a gang of about 20 men attempted to force their way into the establishment.
“This occurred on a Saturday afternoon when many families were in Doncaster shopping in preparation for Christmas. If we want our streets to stay safe, we must take a zero-tolerance approach to such anti-social behaviour.”
Figures released earlier this year, showed a drop of more than 100 frontline police officers in South Yorkshire while violent crime had doubled in the past three years.