A WASHINGTON bouncer has been suspended after sickening footage emerged of a man being bodyslammed into the pavement.
Doorman Lewis Barrow – a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter – handed himself into police after a video was posted online of a fight outside Idols bar in Newcastle city centre, one evening last month.
Following a tussle, Mr Barrow lifts up the man before hurling him to the ground headfirst, where he is left unconscious.
Another bouncer looks on during the time the fight takes place, but says and does nothing.
Onlookers gasp in shock at the brutal act, before a passer-by is heard to say: “There’s no need for that.”
Mr Barrow, 30, who is from Concord in Washington, voluntarily went to a Newcastle police station but was not arrested.
His licence to allow him working as a doorman has been suspended by governing body the Security Industry Authority (SIA) while bosses at Idols said he would not work there again.
Mr Barrow has competed as a mixed martial arts fighter and has represented Washington Vale Tudo Club.
Friends of Mr Barrow say the incident was out of character for him.
The reveller has still not come forward to police, despite appeals from detectives.
Colin Stuart, managing director of Blackwater Bars, which runs Idols, said: “We are appalled by the behaviour of this particular member of door staff and will not condone or tolerate the use of such excess violence. The doorman has been immediately and permanently removed from working at Idols and we are also aware that Phoenix Security, the contracting door company, are taking internal disciplinary action against those involved.
“We will also fully co-operate with any police inquiries as necessary.”
Student Luke Taylor, who filmed the brawl, said: “It was a shock to everyone when we heard the thud of him hitting the ground. It was a sickening moment and he lay there very still.
“But within a few seconds he was up again, he managed to get up surprisingly quickly and he pulled off his shirt. He made another attempt at getting to the bouncer again but he was dragged away by his friends.”
A spokesman for Security Industry Authority, which issues licences for door staff, said: “We work with enforcement partners, such as the police, to bring investigations to a conclusion, which may result in the licence being revoked and the individual being criminally prosecuted, depending on the circumstances of each case.
“In this particular case, the evidence led us to suspending the individual’s licence with immediate effect, so that public safety was not put at any further risk.
“Inquiries into this case are ongoing.”
Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Northumbria Police confirmed a 30-year-old man had been interviewed and inquiries are ongoing.