Video: Security staff break up fight at Balmoral Show

An investigation has been launched after a fight broke out at the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland – with footage of the brawl posted on social media.

The incident – which involved a number of people – happened in a bar area at the agricultural show on Friday evening (17 May).

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People can be seen hitting each other, with a number of those involved ending up on the floor.

The fight was broken up by security staff. Click below to watch a video of the brawl.

Nobody is believed to have been seriously injured and it is understood that the ambulance service was not called to the incident.

Footage of the brawl later circulated on Facebook and Twitter – attracting the attention of the mainstream media.

The Daily Mail described the fight as the “Quarrel at Balmoral” saying punches were thrown with revellers thrown to the floor.

It added: “A woman can be heard shouting ‘fight, fight’ in the background while security try to grapple the brawlers.”

But dairy farmer William Maxwell, from Augher, said on Twitter it was more a case of “handbags at dawn” than a mass brawl.

The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society issued a statement saying it would investigate the incident and take the “appropriate action”.

It said: “There was an altercation at the bar area, which was quickly brought under control by the event security personnel and we believe no one was seriously injured.

“It is sad that a few people resorted to this behaviour when tens of thousands of people enjoyed a fun family day out.

“The society will be fully investigating this matter and appropriate action will be taken.”

Held at Balmoral Park, County Antrim, the show attracts more than 100,000 visitors, making it one of Northern Ireland’s biggest annual events.

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