Mass pub fight man is critical

A MAN left fighting for his life following a violent brawl in a Northumberland pub has been visited in hospital by two of his children after having emergency surgery.

A MAN left fighting for his life following a violent brawl in a Northumberland pub has been visited in hospital by two of his children after having emergency surgery.

Paul Cavner, 43, was yesterday described as critical but stable in Newcastle General Hospital following the mass fight in the Prince of Wales pub in Blyth town centre on Wednesday night.

He received serious head injuries during the incident and yesterday police continued to hold four men for questioning on suspicion of assault.

Police have refused to speculate on what sparked the fight but there were suggestions yesterday that Mr Cavner had commented on criminal damage in the pub when a window was smashed after he went into a toilet.

On Thursday night he was visited by his daughters Krissie, 14, and Sarah, 12, in the hospital’s intensive care unit where he has been on a life support machine.

The former taxi driver lives in Blyth with his girlfriend Cindy and has four children from two previous marriages. He is a committee member at the town’s High Street Club and is a regular customer in the Prince of Wales pub in Waterloo Road.

Mr Cavner was married to his ex-wife Anita for seven years before they divorced nine years ago.

Yesterday Anita, 37, who lives in Tynedale Drive, Blyth, said: “All I know is that there was a big fight in the Prince of Wales pub and Paul was badly hurt. I’ve no idea what it was about but he was never involved in fights when I was with him.

“I took the two younger girls to visit him in hospital last night and it was very, very heartbreaking to see him lying there looking like that, because he doesn’t deserve something like that.

“I have had to put my feelings aside for the sake of my kids because they want to have contact with him after what has happened. He is their dad and if they want to see him then I will support them and take them to hospital.”

The incident happened at about 7pm on Wednesday and police are still trying to trace everyone who was in the pub or its immediate vicinity at the time. Det Chief Insp Mark Anastasi said: “We have arrested a fourth man in connection with the incident.

“We will be questioning him and seeking more time to question three others arrested following the assault.”

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