Mass brawl erupts at bowls match as teens attack OAP, 69, with stones, leaving him in hospital

A MASS brawl erupted at a bowls match after teen yobs armed with stones and chairs launched a terrifying attack on OAPs, putting one in the hospital.

The youths invaded The Den Bowling Club Teignmouth in Devon before they singled out a pensioner who was reportedly punched in the face.

One OAP was rushed to hospital for cuts after the mass brawl
One OAP was rushed to hospital for cuts after the mass brawl
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The attack happened at The Den in Teignmouth, Devon
The attack happened at The Den in Teignmouth, Devon
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One OAP, 69, was rushed to hospital with cuts on his face and is now recovering at home.

Elderly bowlers were left cowering in fear from the vicious attacks as witnesses described the shocking scenes.

The teen’s 30-minute reign of terror only came to an end when an off-duty police officer who was jogging past intervened.

Police have confirmed they are investigating into what happened on June 8 during a match between the Teignmouth bowling club and the Lyme Regis Bowling club.

Two 14-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of assault and affray before they were released on bail.


Eyewitness and fellow bowler Eric Tose said: “These kids have been intimidating people in the resort for years.

“This was the worst of it. Some people said they had not seen anything like it in their lives. It was dreadful.

“She took one of the lads down – and he wasn’t going anywhere after that. Another off-duty policeman went to fetch some cuffs.”

Another eyewitness said: “There was a group of them lingering by the grounds.

“After the game one of the players went over to them asking them to leave before they all pounced on him.

“They came at him with stones and one of them even picked up a metal chair as they raced towards him.

“He was hit in the face just because we wanted to enjoy our game. Bowls is an old person’s game and we’re all over a certain age.

“I don’t see why they would do it in the first place.”

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We were called at around 5:15pm following reports of a disturbance at the Teignmouth Bowling Club, The Den.

“Two 14-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of affray and assault, both have since been released on police bail until 5th July.

“One person sustained a minor facial injury and was taken to Torbay District Hospital as a precaution.”

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