Police were forced to use pepper spray on violent mourners after a funeral spiralled into a street brawl, witnesses claim.
The atmosphere of a wake held at Park View Social Club in Wallasey, Merseyside, at 4.55pm on Monday, July 25, transformed from remembering a loved one to fury, the ECHO reports.
A convoy of emergency vehicles, including vans typically used to tackle incidents of serious organised crime and disorder, pulled up outside the event where red-eyed people were frantically screaming.
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Merseyside Police have confirmed a 27-year-old man and two 24-year-old women were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and affray.
One of the women was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting three emergency workers.
The eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said: "A fight broke out inside of the social club… it looked like a funeral after do. A woman was screaming, I think she was pepper sprayed.
"A lad was cuffed and brought out by two officers. Everyone had super red eyes."
Police were called to reports of fighting at the scene where they arrived to find the altercation at the social club had spilled out into the street.
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Eyewitnesses said they saw around a dozen police vehicles, including MATRIX vans, arrive and people being "dragged out" and "cuffed" by officers. A woman was reported screaming that she was "pepper sprayed".
A spokesperson from the force said: "Three people have been arrested following a disturbance at a social club in Wallasey today, "Monday 25 July.
"At around 4.55pm it was reported there was an altercation at Parkview Social Club on Liscard Road which had spilled out on to the street.
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"The three people who have been arrested are a 27-year-old man and two 24-year-old women on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and affray. One of the women has also been arrested on suspicion of assaulting three emergency workers.
"They are now in police custody for questioning."
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