Wetherspoons accuses customers of faking injuries after Storm Arwen ceiling collapse

Chunks of plaster came tumbling down at the North and South Bank in Wrexham on Saturday night, as 80mph winds battered the surrounding area

Part of a North Wales Wetherspoons’ ceiling collapsed above some of the pub's punters last night during Storm Arwen.
Debris on the floor of the pub

A pair of pub punters have been accused of faking injuries after part of the ceiling collapsed during Storm Arwen.

Chunks of plaster came tumbling down at the North and South Bank in Wrexham on Friday night as 80mph winds arrived.

Footage filmed from inside the pub shows customers rushing to dodge the debris at around 10:20pm, reports NorthWalesLive.

Owners Wetherspoons later said nobody inside was hurt.

But a spokesperson for the chain claimed two customers faked injuries – before they were confronted by the police.

North Wales Police have yet to comment on the incident.

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Wetherspoons said no customers of staff were injured

A Wetherspoons spokesperson said: “At 10:23 pm (Friday) the ceiling inside the N&S Wales Bank to the right of the bar collapsed. Staff called the emergency services and evacuated the pub immediately.

“No customers or staff were injured although two customers pretended they had been hit but when confronted by the police and Wetherspoon staff looking at CCTV it showed clearly that no customers were struck by any debris.

“The pub will be closed until further notice and a structural engineer, builder and architect will attend.

“While the pub is shut staff will be deployed to the Elihu Yale (other Wetherspoon pub in Wrexham).”

The Welsh Ambulance Service said staff were called to the scene at 10.26pm following reports of two potentially injured customers.

In a statement, they said one rapid response vehicle attended the scene but the potentially injured customers had left by the time paramedics arrived and the team were stood down.

North Wales Police have been contacted for comment on the incident.

The incident happen as Storm Arwen battered the region.

Emergency services were called at around 10:20pm

The ‘danger to life’ amber weather alert for North Wales brought winds of up to 80mph, as well as further damage and disruption which is likely to be felt for days.

Elsewhere, punters slept overnight at Britain’s highest pub after Storm Arwen’s icy blizzards trapped them behind 5ft of snow.

Around 50 customers were forced to bed down overnight at the Tan Hill Inn as snow swept in and buried their vehicles.

Many had travelled to the remote boozer in Richmond, North Yorkshire to watch an Oasis tribute band called ‘Noasis’ perform on Friday night.

But by 9pm it became clear that nobody would be able to make the journey home and many had to sleep in makeshift beds on the floor of the bar.

When they awoke on Saturday morning the pub – which is 1,732ft above sea level – was buried in parts under snow drifts.

Local roads have become impassable and the guests were still being advised to remain in the building at lunchtime on Saturday.

Tan Hill Inn owner Mike Kenny said: “We recommended anyone in the pub to stay out rather than endanger life on the snow covered moors.”

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