Funeral wake ended in a mass street brawl in Sunderland with one man put in hospital

Pennywell Comrades Club and the road nearby at the top of Hylton Bank.
Pennywell Comrades Club and the road nearby at the top of Hylton Bank.
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A MAN ended up in hospital after a funeral wake erupted into a mass brawl on a Sunderland street.

Police were called to Hylton Bank at about 8.20pm on Wednesday where 10 men were fighting – one armed with a metal bar.

A 45-year-old man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was treated for head injuries and has since been discharged.

Police said the brawl followed on from a heated row at the nearby Comrades Club.

Pennywell Comrades Club assistant steward John Smith said a group of mourners had been in the Hylton Bank club since about 2.30pm, when trouble flared at about 7.30pm.

“It was an argument between family at a funeral,” Mr Smith told the Echo.

“It started inside and escalated to outside. I cleared the room and bar and asked everyone to leave.

“When they walked away up the bank, on the way home, there was a fight.

“This was closer to Hylton Road and I didn’t see what happened, but two people were arrested in the car park.”

Two men, aged 39 and 30, have ben arrested on suspicion of unlawful wounding and were being quizzed by officers. Investigations continue and police wish to speak to any witnesses, both to the disturbance in the street, and the earlier altercation in the club.

Officers can be contacted on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1203 of 16/07/14, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.