There are more than 48,000 students living in Nottingham and the city’s nightlife is one of the most vibrant in the country.

However, this combination of young people and drinking, unfortunately, means that trouble on nights out is a very common occurrence.

Bouncers and security guards are essential when it comes to the running of city centre pubs and clubs, but a few recent events have seen their professionalism called in to question.

Over the past months, multiple video clips of bouncers and doormen being overly aggressive while on duty have surfaced and gone viral, most specifically an altercation between a bouncer and two club-goers outside Nottingham’s Ink nightclub on New Year’s Eve.

The clip shows the doorman attempting to stop a violent situation from escalating any further, but he quickly turns his attention to a specific customer and proceeds to land 3 huge punches on the man, knocking him to the ground with each blow.

The video did the rounds on social media, gaining thousands of shares and retweets across Facebook and Twitter, and many people have called into question whether the bouncer was doing his job correctly, or if he was being inappropriately violent.

“I ended up with bruised ribs and a black eye”
George Hitchon, Trainee Police officer 

George Hitchon is a trainee police officer in Nottingham, and he has also had run-ins with bouncers on nights out.

“One of them twisted my arm, so I sort of struggled. They told me to stop struggling and then hit me. I ended up with bruised ribs and a black eye.” said George.

Multiple people have said that the bouncer in the INK incident took the situation too far, but former doorman Dan Tempest has taken the time to explain why the bouncer in question may have taken the actions he did.

Step by step, Dan goes through a situation he was involved in, explaining why and how doormen will try to defuse an incident.

Other incidents including a fight between security guards and the band Neck Deep occurred in October at popular music venue and nightclub, Rock City.

  • Two universities, comprising of over 48,000 students
  • 400 clubs, pubs, café bars and restaurants with capacity for 110,000 customers.
  • 10,000 employed in the industry and employment growing fast
  • Every day of the week has its own specific student club nights, with Friday and Saturday being the busiest due to ‘locals’ also going out.