Five Bells Pool League Exclusion: Exclusive CCTV footage

THESE are the exclusive CCTV images of the moments before, during and after an incident at a Wisbech pub which has led to the pool team being thrown out of a league. The Wisbech Standard has been given access to the images recorded that day. Now we are gi

THESE are the exclusive CCTV images of the moments before, during and after an incident at a Wisbech pub which has led to the pool team being thrown out of a league.

The Wisbech Standard has been given access to the images recorded that day.

Now we are giving our readers the chance to decide for themselves whether the incident was a prank that went wrong or something more serious.

The landlord of the pub has slammed the league committee for blowing the incident "completely out of proportion".


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Kevin Wilson's remarks come after the Five Bells pub was excluded from the Cherry Automatics pool league, after claims one of its players behaved improperly towards an opposing female player in a league game last week.

He has CCTV footage covering the pool room of the Norfolk Street pub, which caught the incident and shows a woman playing a game of pool being hit on the bottom by an opposing player.

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She seems to ignore it and looks to line up her next shot, but a team-mate takes her cue away and the team walked out.

Mr Wilson said: "We cannot tell what was said, because the CCTV does not have sound, but the league has blown it completely out of proportion.

"The league should have asked me about what happened before they banned us - the first I knew of the ban was when we had a letter last Wednesday <>.

"I could have showed them the CCTV but, because they did not come to us, we could not defend ourselves.

"And if it was that serious of an assault, why are the police not involved?"

Sally Harvey, manageress of the pub, said the only reason the match went ahead in the first place was because three men walked in wanting to play pool. It was one of these men involved in the incident.

She said: "There was only one player here from our team and I said to give the game away.

"But the men walked in and the barman said we might have a match, so they said they would play.

"Little did we know about what they were like?"

Mr Wilson added: "It is pathetic for the league to ban our players from the league because they were not here."

# You can decide for yourself whether the incident was blown out of proportion by viewing the CCTV footage and then letting us know what you think. Email: news@wisbech-standard.co.uk. with your comments and opinions.

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Dear Sir

After having studied the video on your website, and discussed it with the committee members, I would like to add that the footage does not show the two girls arriving in the pool room, when the more serious assault is alleged to have happened.

It does not show the players following our committee member, who is an invalid, outside to his car where he was threatened with violence.

The video does clearly show that the Five Bells player threw his cue across the room and could hardly stand up. The pool matches start at 8:30pm so if the Five bells players were that drunk at that time one wonders what state they would have been in after another 3 hours drinking !!!

The opposing team did exactly the correct thing by leaving when they did. Mr Wilson asked why nobody said anything to him or his staff. It is my opinion that if they had it would have inflamed the situation and probably resulted in more serious trouble.

When teams enter our pool leagues they have a constitution that they all agree to abide by and part of that constitution reads...

"Players should conduct themselves in a manner that will project an image of true sportsmanship at all times. Any player or team found guilty of misconduct will be excluded from the league on permanent basis."

The committee have asked Mr Wilson to attend a committee meeting on Thursday night at the Bowling Green, and has been asked to bring a copy of the complete CCTV footage that shows the arrival of the away team's players.

Also bear in mind that there was also a lot of verbal insults made towards the girls and offers of money for sex and that this was witnessed by a committee member.

Yours Faithfully

Tom Read

Pool League Chairman

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