The Bright Helm in Brighton has had to close due to anti-social customers

A pub was forced to close for hours after a large group of “drunk and confrontational” people “took over” the lower floor.

Police were forced to intervene at Bright Helm in Brighton on Wednesday night after receiving reports of anti-social behaviour.

The West Street pub was forced to close for “a short time” while customers were moved on and a clean-up campaign began.

A pub worker, who asked not to be named, said the group took over the pub’s ground floor and became “confrontational” and smoked inside the building.

“Some of the men were really drunk, so they were a bit confrontational,” they said.

“But such a police presence helped prevent real trouble.

“It took the manager, police and security until 7.45pm to get everyone out and then we sealed the pub to look at the mess and started a big clean.

“We didn’t reopen until 9.20pm after all the clean up and cleaning but we had fears it would happen again.”

A Wetherspoon spokesman said: “The Bright Helm was closed for a short time on Wednesday evening to deal with a behavioral incident involving a group of customers.

“The pub reopened at 9 p.m. after the affected customers had left the premises after police intervention.

“The pub traded for the rest of the night with no further problems.

“Wetherspoon does not tolerate disruptive or abusive behavior in any of its pubs and will always take the necessary action to respond.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police were called around 6.10pm on Wednesday to reports of anti-social behavior involving a group of people at a pub in West Street, Brighton.

“Officials attended and were dealing with staff at the pub as well as the group who were being moved from the area.” The Bright Helm in Brighton has had to close due to anti-social customers

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