Police have released CCTV images of five men they want to talk to in connection with a mass fight at a nightclub.
The violence at Cirque Le Soir in central Manchester in September was described by a police officer at a subsequent licensing hearing as ‘some of the worst disorder associated with a licensed area I have seen’.
That Manchester Evening News reported that the club on Queen Street, off Deansgate, was temporarily ordered to close by the council in the wake of the fight.
But the licensing committee agreed to allow it to reopen with additional conditions to improve security, saying the incident was a ‘one-off condition’.
Tables can cost up to £ 2,000 at the venue, which was formerly the Press Club.
The license review was told that a man was knocked unconscious inside the premises and security personnel chased club guests outside using metal barrier rods and ropes as weapons.
Police have now released CCTV images of five men wanted for questioning.
Anyone who recognizes them is asked to step forward.
Greater Manchester Police said fighting broke out inside and spilled out onto the street.
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In a statement, the force said: “Officers were called just before 3.40am on Sunday 19 September 2021 to report that a group of men were fighting at Cirque Manchester, Queen Street.
“A man was treated at the hospital for a head injury.”
The violence began after customers at two separate tables in the club’s VIP area began fighting, the license hearing held in October was told.
They were moved to the main bar area by door staff but continued to struggle and throw bar furniture in the club.
CCTV inside Cirque Le Soir shown during the meeting shows dozens of men fighting while security personnel and women dressed in lingerie try to separate them from each other.
Vehicles outside, it was said, were damaged arbitrarily and the incident lasted about 50 minutes.
PC Christine McIntosh, from GMP’s City of Manchester district, said: “Fighting took place inside the premises and continued out onto the street where barrier poles were used as weapons.
“We have identified a number of men who would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
“We’re eager to talk to anyone who knows these men or was in the area at the time.”
Anyone with information should call the police on 0161 856 3221 stating the incident 601-190921.
Information can also be reported online or by using the Live Chat feature at www.gmp.police.uk.
If you can not register online, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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