A BAR brawl between more than 20 men was “reminiscent of a Wild West saloon” , a court heard.
CCTV footage shown at Leeds Crown Court captured the pitched battle between two rival groups at the Arc bar in Headingley, West Yorks.
A total of 21 men are being sentenced after pleading guilty to affray following the brawl.
Bar stools and glasses were hurled as the boozers traded blows for three and a half minutes.
Punches were thrown and people kicked and stamped on as they lay on the ground during the ruck on on February 17, 2018.
The bar manager was assaulted and struck with a bar stool during the ruck.
At one point a bouncer tried to intervene and stop the tear-up, which saw one man smash a stool over another person’s head.
But outnumbered staff were unable to stem the violence between the two warring groups of young men.
Troubled flared when Thomas Walker and Matthew Wild from one rival group confronted Harry Walker from the other.
The scenes captured on the CCTV are more reminiscent of a saloon in Dodge City in the Wild West rather than a pub in Headingley
Howard Shaw, prosecuting
Howard Shaw, prosecuting, told the court: “The scenes captured on the CCTV are more reminiscent of a saloon in Dodge City in the Wild West rather than a pub in Headingley.”
One of the defendants suffered injuries in the incident.
Marcus Lamb was taken to hospital to have eight stitches in his head and also suffered broken ribs.
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Mr Shaw said Lamb was initially treated as a victim until they saw his behaviour on the CCTV footage.
Police arrested the defendants in the weeks after the incident when the footage was realised during a media appeal to trace suspects, the court heard.
The hearing continues.
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