The noxious gas was released inside a Wetherspoons pub in Inverness
Terrified families and pensioners were among dozens of people evacuated from a popular Inverness pub yesterday after a “noxious substance” was released inside.
Emergency services rushed to the JD Wetherspoons-owned King’s Highway bar in the city centre in the afternoon.
A canister – understood to have been pepper spray – was taken away by the police after initially being removed by waiting staff at the Church Street pub.
It is believed to have been sprayed “continually” at a time when about 80 people were inside the premises, including children, pensioners and a pregnant member of staff.
Staff members described “stressful” scenes, but there were no reported injuries.
Police appealed last night for witnesses to come forward, with officers also due to study CCTV footage from inside the premises to establish what happened.
Pub manager Mark Phinn told the Press and Journal that the pepper spray can was discharged at a table in a designated family eating area, just yards from the pub’s front window, at about 1.45pm.
Mr Phinn, who has managed the King’s Highway for eight years, said:
“It was discharging continually in this area of the pub. I was on my way in to start work and take over from the duty manager when it happened. We saw dozens of people get up and leave. There were about 70-80 customers, including pensioners and children. The duty manager, who was on shift at the time, is pregnant. No one has had any ill effects or requested any medical treatment. There were about 30 people in the immediate vicinity and among them were people with potential breathing difficulties. Police are treating it as a serious incident because pepper spray is classed as a firearm. The manager and staff at the time dealt with a stressful situation really well and carried out a full evacuation under what were stressful circumstances. We sounded the fire alarm to get people out and used the loudspeaker to get everyone out by the rear exits. In my 21 years in the pub trade I have never dealt with anything like this.”
Following the evacuation, the pub was closed for about an hour-and-a-half to allow police to speak to staff and acquire CCTV footage.
Four police vehicles – including a riot van – could be seen parked outside the premises yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile, several groups of customers had to be turned away from the premises.
The main front windows of the pub, close to where the incident happened, were also fully opened to vent the room.
Half empty glasses and partially-cleared plates could be seen on several tables, following the swift evacuation. (FFS! It was hardly the marie celeste!!)
Last night, a police spokeswoman said:
“Police in Inverness are appealing for witnesses after a small canister containing a noxious substance was released in a licensed premises in the city centre. Around 2pm on Friday, June 10, police attended the King’s Highway premises on Church Street. Staff instructed an evacuation as a precaution. No-one was injured or harmed and the canister was recovered safely. An investigation into this incident is ongoing and police are appealing to anyone who was within the premises at the time or who may have information about this incident to make contact via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.
A volunteer in the Caring & Sharing charity shop, opposite the King’s Highway pub, said
“Normally we don’t get unusual things like this happening, to be quite honest. The fact this has happened is quite astounding. You get the usual rowdiness and things but nothing like this. We have been here about six years and we have never had anything so dramatic happening.”
Now if I was 1 o these conspiracy theorists types, I would maybe say somethin along the lines of THIS STINKS & then I might go on to explain why I think that….
1.The headline online is TOTALLY different from the 1 in the paper. Newspaper (below) “Pepper Spray Attack Terror in Busy Pub” If I swap around two words, look what happens… Pepper Spray Terror Attack in Busy Pub.. Isn’t that funny?!
2. The Kings Highway?(map) Aye, nice name! (could it no have been The Keg or Mccallums or somewhere wi a “normal” name no?!)
3.The online pic at top of page, A CLAM SHELL? & is that a Mermaid on top? Apart from anything else… THAT IS NOT The Kings Highway!! Its just a random pic!!
4.What most people wont know is that across from Wetherspoons (Nobody calls it the Kings Highway! I didn’t even know that was its name until today & i’ve been in there hundreds of times over the years!!) Anyhoo, across the road & couple doors down (pics 1,2 & 3 below!) is the Old High Church & it used to be used by “brothers” for meetings. But can I find where I read that? No!! Can I hell as like!!! I will find later & add it!
5.Wetherspoons in inverness is a busy place, its cheap & cheerful so attracts a lot of people but on a Friday afternoon? 80 people? Really? That’s a lot even by their busy standards!! Its not the holiday season & in general tourists don’t go there much, its more of a locals place, so vast majority would have been local. So, why were the kids not in school? Some may have been too young, but twice they mention the duty manager is pregnant & four times they mention there were pensioners!! So had the kids been babies or toddlers, they would milked it for all its worth!!
6.Mr Phinn said“It was discharging continually”What? All by itself? His wording is in the present tense, which implies he was there & witnessed it discharging, so if we go by his account. Nobody was there discharging it. But then he states “I was on my way in to start work and take over from the duty manager when it happened. We saw dozens of people get up and leave” ON MY WAY IN, so he WASN’T IN wetherspoons to witness it discharging! So how could he know it wasdischarging “continually”. He doesn’t, someone must have told him that.
7.Mr Phinn then goes on to say “among them were people with potential breathing difficulties”
WHAT? “Potential breathing difficulties” eh?
A. We ALL have the potential 2 have breathing difficulties. Hell i have the potential to be a size 8!! No gonna happen anytime soon tho eh?!!
B. How the fuk did he know? Did he ask everyone individually? Or is he some sorta poisonous canister expert? Or perhaps a Dr? I THINK NOT. What a heap o crap!!
8.I may be wrong (that’s no very likely!!) but from my limited knowledge, pepper spray canisters are kinda similar to aerosol sprays. Someone has to activate them. I mean, they cant be set off & then left somewhere while still going off, they need someone physically there to push the button. Like an aerosol, if you stop pushing, it stops spraying. In which case.. who was there spraying it?!
The CaniCulprit could have sprayed it & then ran away! But why on earth would they leave the canister behind?! It was in their hand!! Why didn’t they just leg it? Why would anyone leave behind evidence, that will more than likely incriminate them?! THEY WOULDNT! Not unless they’re WAY BEYOND stupid!
9.CCTV…. Where is the CCTV footage? There are cameras inside wetherspoons & SEVERAL on Church St. So the CaniCulprit will be on CCTV somewhere and as we know pretty much the exact time, it should be DEAD EASY to find him/her/them.
10. “Four police vehicles – including a riot van – could be seen parked outside the premises yesterday afternoon” WHAT?? Was it a slow day for them? Are there no enough crimes being committed for InverCops?! 3 cop cars & a meat wagon? That’s AT LEAST 8 coppers!! Typical InverCop response! Total over kill!! Last winter, they sent 2 meat wagons & the dog squad for a teenager knockin over wheelie bins!!! NOT KIDDIN. I sat watchin them for near an hour! Highly entertaining!! I also remember a loooooong time ago, 2 young lassies were drunk & POSSIBLY being slightly 2 loud on their walk home… InverCops sent the Meat wagon & 2 cars!! 6 coppers for 2 wee lassies singing & probably shoutin & there may have been the odd swear word!!?! But I have no idea who the lassies were & neither does my sister!!!!
11.I am NOT SAYIN it didn’t happen, BUT, things like this DONT HAPPEN HERE. The people are, on the whole, decent people. Inverness is (comparatively) normal! People don’t go wandering around town, in the middle o a weekday afternoon wi pepper spray in their pocket!! & THEY DO NOT go into a place with young kids about just so they can pepper spray them!! (Other than the coppers that is!! ONLY KIDDIN Mr Policeman sir!) There is still a wonderful sense o community here. People look after all the kids, as a community should. Had it been somewhere there were no kids, or late at night then id be much more inclined to believe this.
The charity shop worker even said“Normally we don’t get unusual things like this happening, to be quite honest. The fact this has happened is quite astounding. You get the usual rowdiness and things but nothing like this.” & I agree, things like this DONT HAPPEN HERE!
I was gonna start rippin apart the newspaper article, but to be honest, I just canny be arsed! I’ve got enough to know what I think, if you don’t, the newspaper is below, Please, help yoursel, be my guest!!
12. Oooooh! One final thing, on the second newspaper page, right at the bottom, there is the wee snippet below.
The CaniCulprit “incident” wouldn’t have anything to do wi firearm laws… Would it?!!
OK!! So I just HAD to go through the newspaper article. I couldn’t help myself!! (The originals are below the ones I coloured in!)
13. The God Damn Numbers. I HATE NUMBERS but they are EVERYWHERE. I try to avoid them, but its like they are stalking me!!! Anyway here goes!
On Page 1, it says full article page 6 (6 is one o their stupid satanic weird numbers as in 666) page 6 Says comments on page 33 Subtle as a brick! (for those who dont know, 33° is Scottish Rite Freemasons) it is also double 3 (mirroring, dualism)
TOTAL(I’ve very likely counted wrong!) BUT not including the date on the top or police fone numbers then there is 30 numbers over 3 pages
THAT MAKES 33
AM NO EVEN KIDDIN (I may have counted wrong…. maybe) Broken down to single digits there are exactly 70
That’s AHELLAVALOT of numbers considering the article has NOTHING to do wi numbers!
14.page 33 article DIRECTLY ABOVE spray attack reminded me it was Lizzys birthay on sat.11.06.16QUEENlizzy was 90
Funnily enough it was (Dick of Edinburgh)PRINCEPhilips 95th birthday on Friday, day of “incident” at KINGShighway.
On the left o page 33 it mentions PRINCESStreet in Edinburgh (as in Dick of!!)
bottom right o page-And Finally-says “A eulogy by a former US president is usually reserved for much lovedROYALTY“
So we have numbers comin outta our ears & HEAPS o royal crap!!
FYI… Glasgow bin lorry royal bollox
right beside Wetherspoons
Beside the ROYAL exchange
Just off GEORGE Square
Inquiry started on 22 o July PRINCE GEORGESbirthday!!!
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, move along folks
4.30pm Sun 12th of June 2016
I just nipped on 2 Twitter & look wot we have trending in Glasgow. Now aint this a coincidence? WOW… Does this mean I have special psychic powers?? NO!! it bloody well does not!
It gets stranger!! We KNOW FOR FACT they fiddle wi wot is/isn’t trending. Gun Control is trending in a couple of places in England, but not in most. It had 39,000 last time I checked but its NOT TRENDING AT ALL IN UK & it should be!
Which begs the question,
WHAT ARE THEY UP TO? & why are they fiddling wi gun control trends??
And stranger… still not trendin in uk but its ROCKETING in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Pic 1. corner of wetherspoons (R) Church Lane where old high church is (L)
Pic 2. google map
Pic 3. view of OHChurch from the riverside. Far Right NICE OBELISK!