Bodyslam bouncer to face no charges

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NO criminal charges have been brought against a Washington bouncer filmed bodyslamming a clubber to the floor.

Doorman Lewis Barrow – a mixed martial arts 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.

The video, shot by a student who was passing, shows the man throwing punches at the doorman before he lifts him and throws him to the floor.

But the man, who walked away after the fight, has still not come forward to police, despite appeals from detectives.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We still have not had any contact from the other man involved in this incident, and we remain very keen to hear from him. Enquiries are still ongoing.”

The video shows a tussle between the two men, after which 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 incident, 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.

His licence to allow him working as a doorman has been suspended by governing body the Security Industry Authority 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 the doorman who is well respected.