A man who works at the Bull on Bell Street was seen smashing the front windows of the pub on Monday evening (9 July) around 9pm causing him severe injuries to his hands and arms. The pub was closed to the public at the time.
An eye witness who doesn’t wish to be named said, “After hearing shouting and glass being smashed, we looked out of our living room window on Bell Street to see that the five windows at the front had been smashed in. We thought maybe his knuckles were bleeding from punching the door but then we could see that there was quite a lot of blood literally spraying out of his wrists. It looked like he’d cut an artery or a vein deeply by smashing the glass in the windows.”
The witness told us the man then proceeded to stand in the middle of the road, blocking the traffic and putting his hands on the bonnets and windscreens of vehicles leaving large blood handprints on many cars all along Bell Street. The witness added, “One driver in an open top car (a 911 Porsche I think) was not happy about having blood sprayed all over him. As he went up Bell Street he banged on car doors really intimidating people and he looked really angry.”
A spokesperson for Brakspear said, “We can confirm that there was an incident at the Bull on Bell Street during the evening of the 9 July 2018, involving a member of the team who injured himself during the incident. We wish him a speedy recovery. The Bull on Bell Street was closed at the time of the incident and no other people were involved in it. There was some damage to the front of the pub which was fully repaired yesterday morning (Tuesday) and the pub is now open as usual.”
Thames Valley Police have the following statement; “Following reports of criminal damage in Henley, Banciu Mihai-Alexandru, aged 28, of Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000 and one count of using threatening, abusive, insulting words/behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence. He appeared before Oxford Magistrates Court this morning.”