Flintshire girl's MOBO party night of terror

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

A BEAUTY Queen has spoken of her terror after getting caught up in a bloody brawl at a MOBO Awards party.

Former Miss Flintshire Claire-Louise Catterall, from Connah’s Quay, was at the exclusive after show party at Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel when a violent fight broke out.

The 25-year-old Leader columnist said it was the most terrifying moment of her life.
She said: “This gang of about 15 lads came in and hit another guy with a champagne bottle. The next thing a huge brawl broke out and the bouncers couldn’t even control it.

“Everyone was covered in blood and there were pools of blood all over the floor. It was the worst thing I have ever seen.”

The brawl erupted in the VIP area at about 1am which was packed with about 150 guests including celebrities such as Alex Curran and the cast of Hollyoaks.

In a bid to control the situation the security closed off the VIP area trapping Claire-Louise and her friends in the middle of the carnage.

She added: “We just pulled ourselves into a corner and we were safe there, but we were watching everything that was going on.

“It was absolutely horrific. Innocent people were getting hurt. One man near us must have been bottled about 20 times.

“People who were just partying had to start fighting back because they were getting hurt.

“It was pitch black at first and then they turned the lights on and there was blood everywhere – it was carnage.”

The MOBO Awards, which attracted huge stars including JLS and Tinie Tempah, was held at the Liverpool Echo Arena last Wednesday.

Claire-Louise, a former Connah’s Quay High School and Mold Alun pupil, was invited to the star-studded event with 15 of her friends – all fellow beauty pageant winners.

The group was trapped in the centre of the brawl for a terrifying 40 minutes, during which time gun shots were heard.

She said: “Grown men were running for their lives – I have never seen anything so bad in my life.”

After officers and police dogs arrived on the scene the party was shut down.

Claire-Louise, an up-and-coming model and actress, added: “We had had such a good time until it all kicked off. The awards themselves were amazing.

“We were lucky we didn’t get hurt – in the end we just wanted to get home back to safe Connah’s Quay.”

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “This event became overcrowded and there were some disorder issues.

“As a result and in conjunction with the management, licensing powers were utilised to close the bars in the hotel at around 1am.

“Police will be speaking to the event organisers and hotel staff to seek to identify those involved in the incident and if any members of the public wish to report any offences. Any offences reported to the police will be investigated thoroughly.”

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

A spokesman for the Hilton Hotel said: “We can confirm that the MOBO Awards after party was held at the Hilton Liverpool on the evening of Wednesday, October 20.

“Unfortunately there were two incidents reported during the event where the hotel’s security team worked closely with the Merseyside Police to manage the situation in a swift and effective manner.

“The Merseyside Police Inspector in charge on the evening has commended the Hilton Liverpool team for their handling of the situation.”

A spokesman for the MOBO Awards said the incident was not at the official after-show party.

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