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Friday, 6 December, 2002, 19:04 GMT
Punch-up over bingo 'lucky' seat
Castle Bingo, Bridgend
Players at Castle Bingo witnessed the altercation
A bingo club has called "house" on two south Wales grandmothers after a violent bust-up over a supposed "lucky chair".

Both have been banned from attending the club after one of them needed hospital treatment for a broken nose and two black eyes.

Now one of the women, bingo regular Sandra Fry, 55, is bemoaning her fate: "I used to go to the club most nights and felt I knew everyone.

"Now I'm stuck in the house staring at the wallpaper. Even a murderer doesn't get life," the careworker said.

Security staff at the bingo hall had to step in to pull Mrs Fry off as 500 other players watched in amazement.

Mrs Fry grew angry when she saw that rival player 58-year-old Lynn Want had beaten her to the "best seat" in the house in Bridgend's Castle Bingo hall.

She went up to Mrs Want and punched her once in the face, breaking her nose instantly.

Sandra Fry
Sandra Fry received a lifetime ban
Mrs Want needed hospital treatment for a broken nose and two black eyes following the incident.

Tracey Davies operations executive for the Castle Leisure, owners of the Castle Bingo Hall in Bridgend, said: "The behaviour of these two women was incompatible with the safe and social environment of our clubs."

Security staff at Castle Bingo had to step in to pull Mrs Fry away as 500 other players watched in amazement.

Police were called to the scene, and Mrs Fry was subsequently arrested over the assault.

She later said: ""She called me names for months before I snapped and hit her.

"It was wrong of me but I didn't plan it. It was one lucky punch. I don't know where it came from - I was just as shocked as she was."


She had evil in her eye

Lynn Want
Mrs Fry, of North Cornelly, south Wales, was later given an official police caution.

Mrs Want, of Aberkenfig, near Bridgend, said of the incident: "I walked straight past her and she got up and shouted at me and then smacked me on the nose.

"She had evil in her eye.

"I was taken to casualty and later had an operation. It was very painful.

"But I didn't want to see the case go to court.

"She is a mother after all and I would not want to see her in prison for Christmas."

Ms Davies said she understood it was not the first time that the women had clashed.

"A lifetime ban is very unusual but at the moment we're not reconsidering it," she added.

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