A police officer’s bodycam has revealed shocking scenes at a takeaway before they were forced to use pepper spray to break up crowds.
Police were on the scene at the Zam Zam takeaway in Gloucester and the footage was later used as evidence to have their late licence revoked.
This footage, taken from a camera on one of the officers, shows the moment police confronted the crowds.
Pava spray, which is similar to tear gas, was used to prevent further disorder and to help protect the officers, the Gloucestshire Live reports.
The footage was filmed by police at the Zam Zam in Gloucester
The incident took place at 3.51am on Sunday, July 17, meaning that on this occasion the store was open 36 minutes after its licensed hours.
The footage was shown to Gloucester City Council’s licensing committee on Tuesday night as the takeaway’s bid to open until 5am on weekends was turned down.
Licensing officer PC Mark Mansfield said: "This is a mild example of what we sometimes encounter around club closing time in the early hours of the weekend in Eastgate Street – young men and women who are very drunk, abusive and threatening.
Footage of the disorder as seen by the police officer’s bodycam The takeaway has been trying to stay open until 5am and extend its licensing permit
"This is one reason why we were opposed to this takeaway being allowed extend its hours.
"Gloucester is an amazing city to work in and visit but sometimes this happens.
"We had to commit many officers to deal with the situation and that takes away from our ability to attend other incidents.
"That’s why the work of the licensing team here at Gloucestershire Police is vital. We work hard with businesses throughout the county to try and make sure everyone can enjoy a safe night out and licensing rules are abided by.
"When we make objections to licences and extended opening hours it’s for the safeguarding of the public and our officers."