‘Worst pain ever’ – bouncer spent Christmas in hospital after brutal attack at Sunderland pub

Doorman Brian Watson currently being treated in Sunderland Royal Hospital afer an incident outside The Cooper Rose, Vine Place, Sunderland early on Christmas Day
Doorman Brian Watson currently being treated in Sunderland Royal Hospital afer an incident outside The Cooper Rose, Vine Place, Sunderland early on Christmas Day
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A BOUNCER who has spent two weeks in hospital since a brutal Christmas assault described it as “the worst attack in my life”.

Brian Watson had been working at the Cooper Rose pub, in Albion Place, Sunderland, when he was attacked by a woman in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Doorman Brain Watson currently being treated in Sunderland Royal Hospital afer an incident outside The Cooper Rose, Vine Place, Sunderland early on Christmas Day

Doorman Brain Watson currently being treated in Sunderland Royal Hospital afer an incident outside The Cooper Rose, Vine Place, Sunderland early on Christmas Day

The 54-year-old, of Thorney Close, was left in agony as his right leg was kicked or stamped on, causing his thigh bone to snap.

Police have arrested and bailed a woman on suspicion of assault over the incident.

“I had put some people out of the bar within the guidelines of my job and I was restraining someone in the course of duty.” Brian told the Echo.

“I saw someone come towards me and she has either stamped or kicked and twisted my body and my leg snapped. I was getting dragged around and ended up on the floor.”

Brian, a dad-of-one, has been pushed down the stairs and punched in the mouth during almost 30 years of working on the doors.

But he said this was the worst assault he has ever suffered.

“On a scale of one to 10, the pain was a hundred,” he said.

“It was absolute agony. The police got there first, then the paramedics.

“It’s definitely the worst attack I’ve had in my life.

“I’ve been involved in a few bad situations through my work but nothing as bad as this.”

Brian was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he had surgery at 11am on Christmas Day, to insert a steel rod into his leg to stabilise the fractured femur.

But he suffered complications and a blood clot in his leg has meant that he spent the entirety of the holidays in hospital, missing celebrations including the New Year.

“Family and friends came to visit and that’s what got me through it,” said Brian, who told his son Louis not to cancel a New Year trip, after the 18-year-old offered to stay at home.

“A lot of people visited over Christmas and that’s what kept me going,” he said.

Brian now requires anticoagulant medication, injections and hospital visits for the next six months and it is unclear when he can return to work.

He is also waiting for adaptations to be made to his home so that he can cope with the injury.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 1.10am on Thursday, December 25, police received a report of an assault at the Cooper Rose public house in Sunderland city centre.

“Officers attended and a 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault. She has been bailed pending further inquiries.”