Almost a dozen customers fled a pub when violence flared – after a couple were left out of a round of drinks.

The bust-up allegedly saw a man URINATE in a smoking area before he was ordered to leave.

He was said to have returned with an accomplice and three pensioners were attacked, Birmingham councillors were told.

A former policeman who tried to step in was also hurt, the panel heard.

And a total of 11 people sought refuge in an upstairs area at the Anvil pub in Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield , as the trouble unfolded late on the night of January 3.

A hearing was told the violence flared after a man and women were left out of a round of drinks bought for regulars by the designated premises supervisor, a pub official with day-to-day responsibility for running the business.

The Anvil pub in Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield.
The Anvil pub in Reddicap Heath Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Now the pub’s licence has been suspended while police review operations at the Punch Taverns venue.

Punch official Piers Warne told the council hearing: “The DPS thought the couple had gone but they returned.

“They managed to get inside and assaulted three pensioners who were by the door.

“They then started smashing up the premises.

“A friend of the DPS who had asked the couple to leave was then assaulted where he received a nasty arm injury.

“A former policeman who was also in the pub tried to intervene and received a head injury.

“He had used a stool to try and knock a glass out of the man’s hand.

“This was an extremely violent incident.

“While violence erupted a barmaid ushered 11 customers upstairs to safety, where there were also three young children present.”

Police and paramedics were called and a man was arrested after being threatened with a Taser.

A woman was also alleged to have attacked the DPS and was arrested.

Mr Warne said: “Punch Taverns back the DPS in this incident, which was a one-off.

“She did her best to protect her customers in very difficult and violent circumstances.”

Pc Dean Walker, from West Midlands Police's licensing team, said: “This was a violent incident and we are calling for the licence to be suspended while a review of the licence can be looked into.”

Alex Buchan, chairman of the licensing sub-committee, said the pub’s licence would be suspended until a full hearing took place giving the opportunity for police to review operations in place at the pub.

He said: “This was a violent incident and we need to ensure the safety of the public at licenced premises.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to the premises at 11.54pm on January 3.

He said: “One man was taken to hospital with a serious arm injury and two other men were taken to hospital with head injuries.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “A 41-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of assault at the Anvil pub on January 3.

“They have been released under investigation.”