Bride, 32, spends wedding night in jail after being arrested for 'glassing male guest in the face' at her own reception
Police identified 32-year-old because she was still in her wedding dress
Bride spent first night of married life in jail after involvement in 12-man brawlAmy Ward was 'trying to defend husband from being attacked by guest'
Groom, 54, was treated for cut to elbow as he tried to intervene in fightWedding guests watched as bride arrested and taken away by police
02:02 GMT, 11 December 2012
And the bride wore… handcuffs.
After guests raised their glasses to the marriage of Amy Ward, 32, to Allen Herve, 54, things got a little heated.
So heated, in fact, that one of those glasses ended up being smashed in the face of a 29-year-old male guest, and the newlywed Mrs Herve found herself in a melee with 12 brawling men.
Amy Ward and new husband Allen Herve, pictured celebrating their engagement at La Rascasse restaurant in Beckenham, Kent, in May 2011. No charges have been brought following the incident on Sunday
Police and paramedics were scrambled to the scene and Mrs Herve was arrested, still in her bridal gown.
She was taken away in handcuffs to be
questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and spent her
wedding night in a cell.
Another man suffered a broken nose, while Mr Herve was treated at the scene for a cut to his elbow.
Mrs Herve was freed with a caution
for affray following her arrest in the early hours of Sunday. The couple
are understood to be on their honeymoon. And there will be no further
investigation into the alleged assaults, after the glassed man and the
victim with a broken nose declined to help police.
Happy couple pictured together last year. New husband Allen Herve was treated at the scene for a cut to his elbow
Council manager Allen Herve, 54, who tried to intervene in the fight at his wedding
Last night Mr and Mrs Herve were not responding to phone calls.
A spokesman for Mr Herve’s family said the incident had been ‘blown out of all proportion’.
A friend of the couple last night
said Mrs Herve was trying to defend her husband when he was attacked by
an out-of-control guest.
The friend said: ‘There is absolutely no way that Amy and Allen caused the trouble – far from it.
There was a guest at the wedding who behaved like a complete animal and he caused the trouble.
‘This guest got more and more drunk
throughout the reception, increasingly misbehaved and acted totally out
of order. He was rude and aggressive and he was upsetting lots of people
at the reception.
‘The trouble started when he attacked
Allen who had been trying to reason with him, telling him to behave.
Amy saw Allen being attacked and was desperately trying to stop it. I
didn’t see her hit the man but he definitely deserved something for the
way he behaved.
‘I’m sure you can imagine how they must be feeling – no one would want something like this to happen at their wedding.’
Brawl: Bromley Court Hotel where a bride was arrested after attacking a guest on her wedding day
Wedding venue: The 32-year-old woman was arrested in her wedding dress and taken to a cell where she spent her first night of married life
Guests at the wedding, at the Bromley
Court Hotel in Bromley, South-East London, are unlikely to forget the
party there late on Saturday. Mr Herve’s 84-year-old mother Catherine
said last night: ‘It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to.
‘Amy looked gorgeous, but I left before anything happened.’
Last night a police spokesman said:
’Police were called to a disturbance at a wedding party at the Bromley
Court Hotel at 1am on Sunday. When officers arrived there was a brawl
between 12 guests and the bride, who was still wearing her wedding
‘She was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 29-year-old man who had received cuts to his face.
The gardens of the luxury hotel in Kent where wedding guests watched the bride being taken away after a 12-man brawl
‘A 30-year-old man was also treated for a broken nose, but his assailant is unknown and the groom received cuts to his elbow.’
The spokesman added: ‘The bride was
kept in custody overnight, but because the 29-year-old victim did not
want to press charges or help police with its investigation, she was
given a police caution for affray and released without charge.’
Mr Herve manages the CCTV system
covering Bromley Borough Council car parks, so is used to seeing bad
behaviour – on screen, at least. A council spokesman said last night he
was on leave until the New Year. A hotel spokesman declined to comment.
Lavish: Rather than spend her first night in a luxury hotel room, the bride spent the night in jail