6 arrested for assaulting police after bar opens illegally in St Julian’s

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Six individuals were arrested on Friday night for assaulting police officers on duty after a bar illegally opened its doors in St Julian’s.

The incident happened at around 10pm when the police were informed that a bar in Spinola bay was operating and that several individuals were gathered both inside and outside the establishment.

Although Malta has started lifting its coronavirus restrictive measures, bars and restaurants can only operate on take-away and delivery basis. Further, public gatherings of over four individuals are banned.

Police Officers from St Julian’s District went immediately on site where they found people sitting outside the bar as well as individuals gathered inside. A brawl broke out when the police was taking the details of those present for breaching social distancing rules.

The brawl involved six Spanish nationals – three men and three women – all of which were arrested by the police.

Two men aged 35 and 29 assaulted a police officer while a 29-year-old man refused to cooperate with the police. A 36-year-old woman was arrested after she pushed and damaged the glasses belonging to a police sergeant. The woman also caused damaged to a police radio and to the police vehicle. A 21-year-old woman who was kicking the police vehicle and a 23-year-old woman who refused to cooperate with the police were also arrested. The latter also pushed an officer.

The Rapid Intervention Unit was also called on site.

The individuals were taken to St Julian’s Police Station and later transferred to the Police Headquarters in Floriana.

The police are expected to arraign them.

The owners of the bar were also questioned about the incident. The owners will also be summoned after the bar was opened during a time when such establishments should be closed.

The St Julian’s District Police are investigating the case.

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