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Gardaí use batons and pepper spray to break up massive wedding brawl in Westmeath

Guests at the wedding assaulted one another with keys and glass bottles.

GARDAÍ USED BATONS and pepper spray to subdue guests at a wedding in Co Westmeath after a mass brawl broke out.

The wedding of around 200 guests took place in a hotel in Kinnegad last Wednesday and gardaí were called in after a fight broke out between a large number of guests.

More than a dozen officers, including local units and members of the Regional Support Unit (RSU) attended. When they arrived, the altercation had spilled out onto the street. Some of the people involved assaulted one another with glass bottles and keys and there were numerous injuries, although none were serious.

There were scuffles with attending gardaí who had to use their batons to break up the fight. Members of the RSU also deployed pepper spray.

A garda spokesperson confirmed six people were arrested in the incident; two males in their late teens, a man in his 30s, and a man and woman who were both in their 20s. They were arrested under the Public Order Act but were later released without charge.

A file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident.

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