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10-12-04, 18:13

Festive cheer and goodwill was in short supply in Newtown when people dressed as Santa were involved in a mass street brawl, say police.

Officers used CS spray and batons to break up trouble amongst up to 30 people, following Newtown's annual charity Santa run.

There were five arrests hours after around 4,000 Santas finished racing.

Race organisers said if any official participants had been involved in the trouble, they would be banned in 2005.

Those arrested have all been released on police bail while further inquiries are carried out, Dyfed-Powys Police said on Thursday.

A number of others have been interviewed about their alleged involvement in the incident in the town's Severn Street on Sunday, which happened shortly after 2230 GMT.

Four officers suffered minor injuries during the scuffle and a total of eight were used to quell the disturbance, said police.

Pc Gareth Slaymaker, community safety officer for north Powys, confirmed that many of those involved in the alleged brawl were still wearing their Santa outfits.

"This is the sort of behaviour that gives a well-organised event a bad name, leading to the belief that it is just becoming a beer festival as mentioned in the press a few weeks ago," he said.

"Behaviour like this justifies the reluctance by the police to extend the licensing hours for public houses and bars for this type of event."

Dougie Bancroft, spokesman for the festive run's organisers Dial-a-Ride, said: "The trouble occurred seven hours after the Santa Run and I understand some people involved were dressed as Santa.

"But I'm not sure if they actually took part in the race because Santa suits were left by many in the town's park.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/4081415.stm)

*So much for christmas cheer.

10-12-04, 18:18
Holy red & white overload :D

10-12-04, 18:24

At least we know why Rudolf has a red nose. Santa beats him up :D

10-12-04, 18:36
Originally posted by Neteru:
At least we know why Rudolf has a red nose. Santa beats him up :D LOL! :D He has to train himself somehow for the street brawls http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

10-12-04, 18:39
LOL, yeah but poor Rudolph. Rudolph the red-nosed punch bag. :D

10-12-04, 18:40
LMAO http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif You know this was the first thing that I thought of posting before http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

10-12-04, 18:50
"Great minds think alike."
"Fools never differ."

Take your pick. :D

10-12-04, 18:55
Great minds never differ and fools think alike http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pillow.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

10-12-04, 19:21
My thoughts exactly :D