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Four men have been arrested in connection with the Factory bouncer attack

They were arrested under suspicion of violent disorder and assault


Four men have been arrested for assault and violent disorder following the incident where eight Factory bouncers attacked two students Joe Sharratt and Leon Cooper outside the Manchester nightclub two weeks ago.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that all four men were arrested on Friday on suspicion of violent disorder and assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton stressed that the "investigation does not stop here and would still ask anyone with information to get in touch."

Four men have been arrested following an assault outside Factory nightclub in the city centre. At around 3.20am on…

Posted by Greater Manchester Police on Friday, December 14, 2018

In a statement posted on their website, GMP said: "This was a horrific incident that quite clearly could have resulted in devastating consequences and we are working tirelessly to ensure that those responsible are held to account for their actions.

"Thankfully, the victim is making good progress and is recovering at home with his family.

"I would like to thank those witnesses who have already been in touch and shared their footage of the incident with us as this has really assisted with our enquiries.

"We have now arrested four men who will be interviewed by my team throughout the day but I want to stress that our investigation does not stop here and would still ask anyone with information to get in touch."

The attack left St. Helens rugby player Joe Sharratt in hospital with a serious head injury. He is said by police to be "making good progress" and is now recovering at home.

The second victim was University of Manchester Pharmacy student Leon Cooper, who said that he tried to help Joe "but they were just hitting me".

In the days following the incident, all eight bouncers seen in the video were sacked by their employer Professional Security and had their licences revoked by the SIA. Factory also terminated their contract with the security company.

Factory's licence was then suspended at an emergency licensing meeting. It will remain suspended until a full review has taken place.

In 2017, The Manchester Tab reported that bouncers at Factory had kicked out a Team GB para-athlete for sitting down. The nightclub issued an apology after Josh Howard claimed bouncers mocked him for being disabled and laughed at him for using a catheter.

Earlier that year, the club was evacuated after the ceiling collapsed onto a packed dancefloor.

Factory have been contacted for comment.