Parents separated from children during violent incident
A HERNE BAY mother has spoken of the terrifying moment her family was caught up in a confrontation at a packed restaurant on Saturday evening. Kent Police was called to reports of a disturbance at the Hungry Horse restaurant in Herne Bay Road, Whitstable. A female member of staff was allegedly hit with a glass, while a man reported he had been ‘sprayed’ with a substance. Full-time mother Kerry Greensmith, 33, was in the restaurant at the time with her husband Martyn and her daughters Callie, seven, and Tilly, four. Mrs Greensmith said her daughters were left petrified by what they saw.
“They couldn’t get to us because they were seated on the bar stalls whilst Martyn and I were ordering our food. They weren’t far away and we could see them at all times, but the commotion happened right between us. It was terrifying. The girls were on one side of the bar and we were trapped on the other side and we couldn’t get to them.”
Mrs Greensmith said her daughters were screaming. She said:
“We took them straight to the Estuary View Medical Centre to get them checked over, and they are fine now. It was scary for us, so I can’t imagine how scary it was for the girls. They even wanted Martyn and I to sleep with them that night because they were scared. We’ve been to the Hungry Horse a few times and we enjoy it because it’s a nice, family-friendly restaurant, we would never expect something like that to happen there.”
A Wheatsheaf pub spokesman said:
“We pride ourselves on providing a safe and welcoming environment for families and were therefore shocked by this unusual incident in a pub which has always enjoyed a trouble-free past.”
“Our team handled the situation quickly and professionally and the pub is open as normal.”
A 53-year-old man, Robert Simon Jacobs, of Grand Drive in Herne Bay was arrested after the incident. Jacobs has been charged with affray, criminal damage to property, possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious substance, attempted wounding, threats to kill, and threats to damage or destroy property. He has been remanded in custody. A 42-year-old woman has been released on police bail pending further enquiries, a Kent Police spokesman said.
Herne Bay Times, March 25th 2015