Toddler and father injured in pub fight

Yew Tree Pub in Chalvington,

Yew Tree Pub in Chalvington,

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A toddler and his father were injured after a confrontation in a country pub.

The victims were at a family party at the pub when a fight broke out and one man pushed another who fell on to the 18-month old.

The toddler suffered head and cheek injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

When the child’s 33-year-old father asked the group of men and women about what had happened he was then knocked to the ground and kicked – suffering bruising to the face.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the attack which took place at the Yew Tree Pub in Chalvington, near Hailsham.

Set in seven acres of Sussex countryside, the pub – with parts of it dating back to 1642 – has been described on TripAdvisor as “the perfect family country pub”.

It also received the TripAdvisor ‘certificate of excellence’ this year.

A spokesman for the pub described the incident as the “first here in 30 years”.

He said: “I can assure you we are a very gentle country pub. It is an extremely rare occurrence.”

The victims were from Sevenoaks in Kent and the first suspect was a slightly overweight white man with scruffy ginger hair who was 5’ 10” or 5’ 11”.

He was unshaven and wearing a white or cream t-shirt and shorts.

The second suspect was a white man with short brown hair who was slim and 5’ 8” or 5’ 9”. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.

PC Nikki Desouza said: “This is a nasty case involving a young child being assaulted, receiving facial injuries, and also his father when he has intervened. I would ask anyone with any knowledge to please come forward.”

Email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 525 of 28/07, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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8:30am Tue 19 Aug 14

BURIRAM says...

Why would you allow a scruffy ginger haired man in shorts into a family restaurant.
Hope you man and toddler are ok and that the pub has CCTV to examine.
Why would you allow a scruffy ginger haired man in shorts into a family restaurant. Hope you man and toddler are ok and that the pub has CCTV to examine. BURIRAM
  • Score: 11

8:48am Tue 19 Aug 14

crazy_plan says...

Suggest the 'l' is removed from Chalvington, near Hailsham.
Suggest the 'l' is removed from Chalvington, near Hailsham. crazy_plan
  • Score: 11

9:01am Tue 19 Aug 14

john newman says...

Tricky but pubs and children do not really go together. As a family man I know this can be frustrating but the environment is full of dangers for the younger visitor
Tricky but pubs and children do not really go together. As a family man I know this can be frustrating but the environment is full of dangers for the younger visitor john newman
  • Score: 2

9:16am Tue 19 Aug 14

Withdean-er says...

And no one from the pub, bystanders or victims group, thought to quietly take details of the car/s of the alleged thugs. If there weren't vehicls, then these were locals who'd walked to the pub from within this tiny village .... and so would be easily identifiable. It would just make identifying the suspects so much easier.

Argus, thanks for the irrelevant tripadvisor history lesson.
And no one from the pub, bystanders or victims group, thought to quietly take details of the car/s of the alleged thugs. If there weren't vehicls, then these were locals who'd walked to the pub from within this tiny village .... and so would be easily identifiable. It would just make identifying the suspects so much easier. Argus, thanks for the irrelevant tripadvisor history lesson. Withdean-er
  • Score: 23

9:26am Tue 19 Aug 14

Spanners says...

I dont agree with this at all.

Certainly there are SOME pubs that I'd never consider taking my children to. This is also true of SOME restaurants, SOME shops, SOME parks, SOME events and so forth. You cannot take such a broad brush - idiots and drunken chavs get everywhere. Not just in pubs . Or even mostly in pubs

This is an award winning, family restaurant in effect . It is not an all day drinking dive for the sort of people you see on Jeremy Kyle .
I dont agree with this at all. Certainly there are SOME pubs that I'd never consider taking my children to. This is also true of SOME restaurants, SOME shops, SOME parks, SOME events and so forth. You cannot take such a broad brush - idiots and drunken chavs get everywhere. Not just in pubs . Or even mostly in pubs This is an award winning, family restaurant in effect . It is not an all day drinking dive for the sort of people you see on Jeremy Kyle . Spanners
  • Score: 26

10:20am Tue 19 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

“the perfect family country pub”.

What a shame that imperfect families have discovered it.

Chavington, you say?
“the perfect family country pub”. What a shame that imperfect families have discovered it. Chavington, you say? notslimjim
  • Score: -1

12:03pm Tue 19 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

BURIRAM wrote:
Why would you allow a scruffy ginger haired man in shorts into a family restaurant.
Hope you man and toddler are ok and that the pub has CCTV to examine.
How do you turn away trade, no matter how scruffily dressed?
[quote][p][bold]BURIRAM[/bold] wrote: Why would you allow a scruffy ginger haired man in shorts into a family restaurant. Hope you man and toddler are ok and that the pub has CCTV to examine.[/p][/quote]How do you turn away trade, no matter how scruffily dressed? notslimjim
  • Score: -3

12:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Fairfax Aches says...

If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.
If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -1

12:13pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Vulture says...

All gingers should be banned from every pub
All gingers should be banned from every pub Vulture
  • Score: 9

12:17pm Tue 19 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.
Employing bouncers on the off-chance Kylies turn up?

Waste of money, and the costs will be added to the food eaten by decent people.
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.[/p][/quote]Employing bouncers on the off-chance Kylies turn up? Waste of money, and the costs will be added to the food eaten by decent people. notslimjim
  • Score: -1

12:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Tr1stan says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.
I've heard some pretty nasty stories about how some Brighton bouncers behave too...?
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.[/p][/quote]I've heard some pretty nasty stories about how some Brighton bouncers behave too...? Tr1stan
  • Score: 9

2:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

AlanPare says...

notslimjim wrote:
Fairfax Aches wrote:
If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.
Employing bouncers on the off-chance Kylies turn up?

Waste of money, and the costs will be added to the food eaten by decent people.
notslimjim - Your writting and commenting style remind me of someone else who comments on this website. You wouldn't have multiple accounts would you?
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.[/p][/quote]Employing bouncers on the off-chance Kylies turn up? Waste of money, and the costs will be added to the food eaten by decent people.[/p][/quote]notslimjim - Your writting and commenting style remind me of someone else who comments on this website. You wouldn't have multiple accounts would you? AlanPare
  • Score: -1

2:28pm Tue 19 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

AlanPare wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
Fairfax Aches wrote:
If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.
Employing bouncers on the off-chance Kylies turn up?

Waste of money, and the costs will be added to the food eaten by decent people.
notslimjim - Your writting and commenting style remind me of someone else who comments on this website. You wouldn't have multiple accounts would you?
I heard a rumour that you once contributed to a discussion without referring to other posters.

Do you have a link to such a thread?
[quote][p][bold]AlanPare[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: If they were to employ some bouncers like best practice would indicate then perhaps future incidents such as this shall be at a minimum.[/p][/quote]Employing bouncers on the off-chance Kylies turn up? Waste of money, and the costs will be added to the food eaten by decent people.[/p][/quote]notslimjim - Your writting and commenting style remind me of someone else who comments on this website. You wouldn't have multiple accounts would you?[/p][/quote]I heard a rumour that you once contributed to a discussion without referring to other posters. Do you have a link to such a thread? notslimjim
  • Score: -5

6:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

tez1959 says...

one word pikeys
one word pikeys tez1959
  • Score: 5

9:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

JoeBlow says...

Vulture wrote:
All gingers should be banned from every pub
I guess now that racism, antisemitism and homophobia are looked down on, you need to find some kind of bigotry.
[quote][p][bold]Vulture[/bold] wrote: All gingers should be banned from every pub[/p][/quote]I guess now that racism, antisemitism and homophobia are looked down on, you need to find some kind of bigotry. JoeBlow
  • Score: -5

9:40pm Tue 19 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Are you telling me that in this day and age when everyone has a phone in one hand that they are using almost 100% of the time that no one took photos of the people involved or when they left, their cars?! That I do not believe.
Are you telling me that in this day and age when everyone has a phone in one hand that they are using almost 100% of the time that no one took photos of the people involved or when they left, their cars?! That I do not believe. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 5

10:45pm Tue 19 Aug 14

well i never says...

doasyoulikes,
doasyoulikes, well i never
  • Score: 1

12:10am Wed 20 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

JoeBlow wrote:
Vulture wrote:
All gingers should be banned from every pub
I guess now that racism, antisemitism and homophobia are looked down on, you need to find some kind of bigotry.
He probably has all the ones you mentioned.
[quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vulture[/bold] wrote: All gingers should be banned from every pub[/p][/quote]I guess now that racism, antisemitism and homophobia are looked down on, you need to find some kind of bigotry.[/p][/quote]He probably has all the ones you mentioned. notslimjim
  • Score: -1

12:19am Wed 20 Aug 14

linnig says...

wow, a fight broke out in a pub...did management serve too much beer thinking hey profits......get a life all you armchair warriors and go out once in a while, fresh air is good
wow, a fight broke out in a pub...did management serve too much beer thinking hey profits......get a life all you armchair warriors and go out once in a while, fresh air is good linnig
  • Score: 3

8:34pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Vulture wrote:
All gingers should be banned from every pub
An. N two GG's an I and an R and an E ....yes.....ban them all...And GINGERS
[quote][p][bold]Vulture[/bold] wrote: All gingers should be banned from every pub[/p][/quote]An. N two GG's an I and an R and an E ....yes.....ban them all...And GINGERS Valentinian
  • Score: 0

8:45am Tue 2 Sep 14

s&k says...

In the words of Alan Partridge: "scum, subhuman scum."
In the words of Alan Partridge: "scum, subhuman scum." s&k
  • Score: 0

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