A major Edinburgh road was temporarily closed to traffic this evening after police were called to deal with “a massive fracas” at a city centre venue.
Officers arrived at The Jam House in Queen Street at around 6.20pm following reports of a fight breaking out in the crowd of a mixed martial arts (MMA) event.
At least a dozen police vehicles and ambulances were sent to the venue, one of the city’s most popular nightspots, with officers closing the entire street to traffic while order was restored.
One onlooker described the scene as a ‘massive fracas’.
The Forza Fighting Championship event was reportedly brought to a sudden halt after an outbreak of trouble in the packed audience.
Organisers had issued a plea for calm over the brawling, which is understood to have erupted between rival supporters of the MMA stars.
One supporter, who asked not to be named, said: “There only seemed to be a handful of people involved in the trouble, but lots of other people were crowding around and trying to break it up.
“The event had been in since lunchtime so some people had been drinking for several hours and it just got out of hand.
“The security staff and even the fighters in the cage were trying to calm things down. There were also announcements that the event, which still had some fights to go on, would be cancelled if the trouble did not stop, but it didn’t seem to work. It was a shame as it had been a really good event up to that point.”
A police spokesman said the incident was on-going and that no further comment would be issued. The street was reopened to traffic by 7pm.
The incident left some MMA fans angry.
Posting on the event’s Facebook page, Alison Lynch said: “For all those whose behaviour led to the police being called, fighters for those who had trained for months for this opportunity to be taken away at the last minute, shame on you.
“The organisers worked hard to put on these events and now finding a venue might be a huge problem.
“Shame on you.
“I can almost guarantee that those responsible belong to no gym, and have no real idea of what it means to be a fighter.
“I hope people are named, shamed and prosecuted.”