Five of Queen's guards arrested after late-night brawl at kebab shop just yards away from Windsor Castle
The five Coldstream Guarsdmen were arrested after being involved in a drunken brawl which reportedly involved around 8 people
Five of Queen Elizabeth's protection soldiers were reportedly arrested after being involved in a late night brawl in a kebab shop near Windsor Castle. The fight that was caught on camera and involved five drunk Coldstream Guards occurred at Ramsey's Grill last Friday.
At the time of the incident that involved eight people at around 2 am, the Queen was at her residence. The CCTV outside the shop caught many people hurrying to the Victoria Barracks, where the infantry regiment is based.
As reported by The Sun, an insider shared that the reason of the brawl is not known, "The five lads were on the smash. They left a pub and on the way home went to a kebab house where there was an altercation with these blokes".
"Three got nicked there and then, and two more later on in the barracks. It just kicked off," the source added.
According to the kebab shop owner, Sam Al-Hassan, the brawl "quickly escalated" and then spilled on to the streets. The police shared that five men aged between the years of 21 and 27 were arrested but eventually released while the investigation continued.
Rumors at the base seem to suggest that the guards entered the kebab shop after they saw diners being abused.
Forty-year-old Al-Hassan said, "There were about three boys in with three girls. They’d all been drinking and ordered food. Everything was fine until another man came in and started shouting and swearing at them. These boys went over to him and they started fighting. It quickly escalated and went outside where a lot more people got involved".
Twenty two-year-old Yanni Perry, a customer present on the upper floor of the kebab shop, shared, "There was screaming then thuds like someone was being punched".
Reports said the Army confirmed the arrest of five of the soldiers. Earlier on this year, the infantry regiment was in the news when a Coldstream Guardsman -- reportedly the first to wear a turban for the Trooping the Color event -- was under investigation for an alleged case of drug misuse. Twenty two-year-old Charanpreet Singh Lall was amongst three soldiers who failed a random drug test at Windsor's Victoria Barracks.
It was the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards who greeted US President Donald Trump when he visited Windsor Castle to meet the Queen earlier in July.
The guards were seen in their iconic red tunics and bearskins, and the band of the Coldstream Guards and the band of the Grenadier Guards played the national anthem of the United States as Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrived.
The Coldstream Guards whose nickname is 'Lilywhites' was formed during the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell gave Colonel George Monck permission to have his own regiment.
Monck supported the monarchy after Cromwell's death, and crossed the River Tweed into England at the village of Coldstream on January 1, 1660, before beginning a five-week march to London.