A bouncer has been sacked from the popular Nottingham nightclub Ocean after video footage emerged of a student being punched in the face.
“What’s on the video is literally the last few seconds but that doesn’t justify the actions of the doorman whatsoever and he won’t be back at Ocean again. I won’t put up with that kind of stuff.”
His statement concluded: “They know what conduct I expect and it definitely wasn’t that.”
Despite the statement many students have expressed their outrage on social media.
Helena Machattie wrote: “I’m sick of bouncers believing they have the authority to put hands on students when they are clearly drunk and not in any way prepared to defend themselves.”
This altercation follows a string of incidents involving doormen at neighbouring club Stealth.
Footage emerged of a bouncer punching a girl and then dragging her on the floor back into the premises. The woman was left with bruises all over her body as a result.
The alleged victim involved in the incident said: “They were all six foot massive men – we could not fight them back even if we wanted to.”
The attack was recorded and put on social media which stirred many young women in the city to speak out about incidents they had also encountered with the bouncers at Stealth.
Chief Inspector Amy English, of Nottinghamshire Police, commented on the video, saying: “The force is aware of the social media post and is proactively investigating the incident.”
Since the statement, there has been no further action from the police but a Stealth spokesperson gave an assurance that the doormen had been suspended and that they would be reviewing their contracted security team to assess its suitability to continue supplying staff.
The safety of students has been addressed by Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry who is spearheading a campaign to protect young women from abuse on nights out.
She has promised an increased police presence to try to prevent any further incidents from happening.