Two men have admitted their roles in a mass brawl outside a restaurant in Ormskirk.
Police were called to Miyagi’s in Derby Street at around 6.30pm on February 24 to reports at least eight large-built men were fighting each other.
Some were bare chested and some were allegedly using glasses as weapons, Preston Magistrates Court heard.
Five men were arrested at the scene and taken to police custody. They were later charged with affray.
Today (Thursday December 19) Martin Doherty, 40, and Barney Doherty, 22, both of High Street, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to using or threatening unlawful violence in the melee on February 24.
Barney Doherty, 23, and Simon Doherty, 47, both of Thorndale, Skelmersdale, denied the offence.
A fifth man, Christy McGinley, 23, of Thorndale, Skelmersdale, failed to attend court and magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.
The bench said the offence was so serious magistrates did not have sufficient powers to deal with the case and committed it to Preston Crown Court.
Following the incident, Miyagi’s closed the restaurant for the night. In a social media post, a spokesperson said: “Thanks to Ormskirk Police for their speedy arrival and helping with a situation nobody here should have to witness.
“We will be closed for the rest of the evening but back open on Tuesday.”
The Japanese restaurant has since closed permanently and a new restaurant, the Stag and Antelope, has opened in its place.
All four defendants at today's hearing were granted unconditional bail and will appear at Preston Crown Court on January 21.
A trial date will be set for the defendants who have pleaded not guilty and those who have pleaded guilty will be sentenced in due course.