Three British tourists arrested after diners attacked at Barcelona restaurant

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Three British tourists arrested after diners attacked at Barcelona restaurant

Three British holidaymakers have been arrested in Barcelona following an alleged attack on diners at a restaurant terrace.


Footage posted on social media shows a victim being punched in the face before a table is picked up and thrown at the man following violent pushing and shoving.


Local reports claimed the three British men were part of a group of five people who were refused entry to a taxi because they were too drunk while out in the El Raval district in Barcelona’s old town

They are said to have started throwing bottles at people having a late-drink on the restaurant terrace after they were stopping from getting back to their hotels in the taxi.


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The fight lasted about ten minutes. Two people are understood to have required hospital treatment, one for a head injury and another for a broken nose.


Police confirmed today three Britons had been arrested on suspicion of wounding.


A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police force said: “I can confirm three British tourists have been arrested following an altercation at a bar in Barcelona.


“They were held on suspicion of wounding.


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“Damage was caused to the place where the altercation occurred and also to a nearby motorbike.”


The mens’ appearance in court took place in a closed hearing.


They were held in the early hours of Friday morning and are thought to have gone before a judge the following day.


Their ages and names have not been released following the incident at a bar-restaurant in El Raval, an area of Barcelona’s old town.

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Footage of the violence showed a motorbike being knocked to the ground during a fist fight involving the British tourists.


The man on the receiving end of the violence was pushed against the vehicle before being spun round, thrown into the restaurant terrace area and assaulted with the punches to his face.


He had the table thrown at him as he picked up a chair to defend himself.


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No-one was available at the bar-restaurant, which is currently closed, for comment.

The Mossos spokesman said: “We were alerted around 12.30am on Friday.


“I am not in a position to say what happened after we handed the detainees over to the court.”


Spain had been in lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak and only recently opened its borders to British holidaymakers after easing restrictions.

A so-called air bridge between the UK and Spain is expected to be in place next week, allowing for quarantine-free travel.

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