Hitchin bouncer slashed with broken bottle

A BOUNCER who was slashed with a broken glass bottle was saved thanks to a quick-thinking police officer. The 45-year-old from Hitchin had an artery severed after an attack outside Base nightclub in Hatfield. He had been working the door and protecting ar

A BOUNCER who was slashed with a broken glass bottle was saved thanks to a quick-thinking police officer.

The 45-year-old from Hitchin had an artery severed after an attack outside Base nightclub in Hatfield.

He had been working the door and protecting around 150 clubbers enjoying their night out.

At around 1.45am on Saturday a man was refused entry. He later returned with a glass bottle and attacked the door supervisor, leaving him with a serious injury to the lower left side of his face.

First on the scene was Pc Phil Cook who saw how seriously the victim was injured and took the unusual step of rushing him to hospital in the back of the police car.

The officer has been praised for his actions.

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Deputy area commander, superintendent Andy McCracken, said: "Without the quick-thinking action of Pc Phil Cook at the scene, the man's injuries may well have been life threatening."

Nightclub owner, Neil Carroll, added: "The police were brilliant.

"The door supervisor was just doing his job.

"The club has a very tight security policy and will not tolerate this sort of incident."

Detective constable Glen Turrell-Oldacre said: "Anyone who saw the actual incident should get in touch." Call police on 0845 33 00 222.

* Ben Groves, 20, of Ripon Road in Stevenage, was arrested and charged with causing GBH with intent.

He was remanded in custody until August.

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