Newcastle hotel under scrutiny after inner city brawl

The Newcastle police commander says action could be taken against a city hotel after brawl at the weekend.

Police were called to a Hunter Street hotel early Sunday morning after receiving reports of several drunken men.

Police say when they tried to move people on a fight broke out and the hotel was forced to close.

Eight men, aged between 18 and 48 were charged with a range of offences including, assault police and affray.

One officer was treated at hospital after being hit in the face.

In a statement Newcastle Local Area Commander Superintendent John Gralton said he was appalled by the incident, describing the behaviour as abhorrent.

He said the city’s culture is changing for the better and the behaviour is totally unacceptable.

Superintendent Gralton said the licensing unit is considering further action in relation to licensing breaches by the hotel.

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