Jun 22 2011 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
AIRDRIE Cross came to a standstill when a vicious brawl broke out last Thursday afternoon.
The incident came days after the murder of Whinhall man Christopher Devlin and a horrific town centre slashing.
The streets were packed with shoppers and schoolchildren on their lunch break.
Witnesses say a young man was attacked by another man and pulled to the ground before being kicked on the head and body.
The brutality of the assault caused some women onlookers to scream in horror and run to the young man’s rescue.
At the scene of the incident, Janice Scott (55), of Chapel Street, Airdrie, said: “Everyone was screaming. It was terrifying. We had the murder in Airdrie last week and a slashing and now this.
“People thought ‘is this going to be another stabbing?’.”
A Gartlea man (67), who didn’t want to be named, said: “I was sitting in Graham Street and then I heard all the women screaming and they were trying to help the boy.
“It’s getting really bad in the town now.”
Another woman, who was in tears after witnessing the incident, said: “That could have been my son. What’s going on in this town?”
Two police officers took a statement from the victim as a large crowd of onlookers pointed out the alleged attacker.
After officers spoke to witnesses, a man was arrested and placed in the back of the police van, which was parked in Bank Street.
A police spokesman later told the Advertiser that no charges were brought against the man.
It is believed the victim of the alleged assault did not make a complaint against the other man.