Twickenham Man Dies After Teddington Brawl

A 20 year old local man has died after an incident in Teddington last Saturday night. Police and ambulances were called to deal with a fight that had broken out near the Royal Oak pub on Teddington High Street. The Richmond & Twickenham Times cites local witnesses describing how the noise from a group of about 40 people drinking in the pub grew louder until it escalated into a fight in the street.

Later that evening, police were called out again after a man collapsed in Field Lane. He was taken to Kingston hospital but died shortly afterwards. Police have linked the death to the earlier incident outside the pub. An investigation is now underway and police have arrested a 20 year old man on suspicion of murder. The victim has been named as Pat Lawless, a second year student at St Mary’s University and Twickenham resident.

The police are asking that any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information that could assist the enquiry should contact them on 020 8721 4155 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

LINKS:
* Teddington Town
* Richmond & Twickenham Times
* Met Police Statement

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4 responses to “Twickenham Man Dies After Teddington Brawl

  1. Anonymous

    How can you call him a protagonist? Were you there? Do you know this as fact or are you, circulating wild rumours, just like the ones you are objecting too? Moronic commenting as well as reporting.

  2. Indeed all I have heard are stories, not the facts, when I hear the facts I will comment. Although breaking my own rule immediately there is a lot of sense in what has been posted on here by frederickhey.

  3. That does not match with other versions of the story that are circulating..

  4. A tragedy. Another young life pointlessly lost and probably a number of other young lives ruined in the aftermath.

    This has nothing to do with the Royal Oak though. In fact the tragedy has been worsened by the demonisation of a small business by LBRUT and careless journalism by the Richmond & Twickenham Times. I know one or two people who were out for the evening in the Royal Oak on that day because it is a pleasant establishment which serves excellent food. Their story differs from the R&T Times.

    The vast majority of the crowd of 20-21 year olds gathered in the street had not been drinking in the Royal Oak. Most of them had been drinking elsewhere in Teddington and arrived outside the Royal Oak in the middle of the evening. Only a handful had been present in the bar and they like the other customers in the establishment that evening were drinking peaceably. They left to join the crowd outside. In fact the rest of the Royal Oak customers were as bemused by the ensuing fracas in the street as passers by and local residents.

    The Police attended the incident which occurred in the street between 21.00 – 22.00. Two people were whisked off to hospital and no arrests were made. Presumably the crowd were dispersed but apparently another incident occurred later in the evening in a different part of the High Street. Again this had nothing whatsoever to do with the Royal Oak. Unfortunately later one of the protagonists in the second incident was found dying in the street.

    Of course we don’t know what happened and will have to wait for the Police report. It may have been murder, and it may have been a tragic accident, probably fueled by alcohol and hormones.

    LBRUT though appear to have chosen to blame the Royal Oak. They have demanded its temporary closure with the intention of reviewing its licence which could mean permanent closure. Even if LBRUT do not permanently close the establishment they are threatening to reduce opening hours and to demand that ‘bouncers’ are employed at the entrance.

    This seems very unfair. In the unlikely event that the pub did have the power to control the behaviour of people in the street who had not even been on the premises it is hard to understand why LBRUT believe that getting a pub to close at 23.00 can stop a bunch of youngsters fighting in the street at between 21.00 – 22.00 in the evening. It is also hard to see how ‘bouncers’ can legally prevent violence occurring in the street whether punters have been in the pub or not.

    This has been a tragedy for a young man and his family and for those involved in his death. It is also a tragedy for the youngsters employed by the Royal Oak who having already lost hundreds of pounds in wages because of an unnecessary temporary closure, and through no fault of their own or of their employer are looking at the prospect of unemployment just before Christmas.