Hannah Hope, Senior Reporter of the Sun Newspaper, writes the following article in the Sun and Mirror Newspapers:
AJ, 24, and Curtis, 23 – a pro dancer on the Irish version of Strictly called Dancing With The Stars – were kicked and punched in the face by eight yobs.
AJ Pritchard, left, and his brother Curtis were battered by a gang of thugs in a nightclub.
A witness in Nantwich, Cheshire, said: "They were like men possessed."
The pair were enjoying a night out with friends when the yobs suddenly circled them. One clubber said: "The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans. But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed."
"Curtis had fallen to his knees and was being punched in the face and body. They were also punching AJ in his face, in his ribs and legs. AJ dragged Curtis out of the circle and pulled him to another part of the club."
"AJ was left with marks from rings on his face. Curtis looked like he had passed out and AJ had to carry him to safety. It was like a scene from a wild west film with the bouncers fighting this group."
AJ Pritchard joined Strictly in 2016 and became a fan favourite, dancing with gymnast Claudia Fragapane, singer Mollie King and paralympian Lauren Steadman.
Yesterday, AJ was recovering from severe bruising and cuts after the 2am attack in the Nakatcha club in Nantwich, Cheshire. Curtis will need surgery in the next few days on a badly injured knee.
A spokesman for the brothers, visiting their parents for Christmas, said: "AJ and Curtis were assaulted in an unprovoked attack. Curtis is to undergo an emergency operation to correct damage to his knee. AJ received bruising to his face, arms, body and legs."
Police said "The four victims were taken to hospital for treatment. All have since been discharged."
Officers arrested a 20-year-old man from Crewe on suspicion of assault. He has been released under investigation pending further inquiries.
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