Two revellers fought each other in Newcastle’s streets on Black Eye Friday. 

On Friday, festivities turned violent when a brawl broke out near the Mushroom Bar located in the centre of the city just after 11 pm.

This brawl took place on Friday, the Friday prior to Christmas. It was also known as Black Eye Friday or Mad Thursday because of how many partygoers head out to bars and clubs.

One man was seen being kicked in the head by the other after falling on the ground, with blood pouring out of his face.

A fight between two revellers broke out next to the lively Mushroom Bar just after 11pm in the city centre on Friday

Just after 11 p.m. in the city’s centre, a brawl broke out between two revellers.

The incident (pictured) broke out on the last Friday before the Christmas weekend, dubbed Black Eye Friday because of the amount of people who head out to pubs and clubs

Pictured: The incident occurred the Friday before Christmas, also called Black Eye Friday by the number of people heading to clubs and pubs.

Other photographs showed the man curling up in a ball and holding his head, while the other man stood next to him as passersby looked on

Another photograph showed him curled up and holding his head while another man stood beside him, as passing motorists looked on.

Pictures of the brawl appeared to show one man getting kicked in the face after falling to the ground with blood pouring from his face

The brawl was captured in photos. One man got kicked in the head after falling on the ground, with blood pouring off his face.

Another photograph showed him curled up with his head in a ball, as the other man watched from the sidelines.

As police stopped to speak to the crowd, they saw the man who had fallen to the ground and whose jumper was stained by the fight.

As they ran across the street during the brawl, it appeared that several men were involved.

A passerby stated that you can see it was Black Eye Friday. 

MailOnline reached out to Northumbria Police in an effort to get their opinion. 

As Downing Street announced that a Cobra meeting will take place to determine if the UK needs to respond to the virus, the lively night-out comes just before Christmas.

The meeting will raise fears that more curbs could be imposed before Christmas – despite the opposition of Tory MPs and Downing Street’s apparent determination to get through without them. 

Scientists are calling for a ban on household mix within two weeks. 

One man could be seen falling to the ground amid the fight, while passersby looked on shocked at the scene

During the fight one man was seen being thrown to the floor, and passers-by were shocked.

Police officers could be seen talking to a number of men, as one of the men, wearing a bloodstained white hooded jumper, remained sitting on the pavement

Police officers could be seen talking to a number of men, as one of the men, wearing a bloodstained white hooded jumper, remained sitting on the pavement

Other men appeared to get involved in the brawl as a group of men were seen dashing from across the road amid the fight

Others men may have joined the brawl. A group of men was seen running from the street amid the fighting.

He was later seen back on his feet as he was held up by another man as police officers stopped and spoke to both men

Later, he was seen getting back up after being held by another man. As police officers approached both of them to speak with each other, a second officer stopped the arrest and took him off his feet.

According to Stephen Reicher (Professor of Social Psychology at the University of St Andrews) and Sage member, it is possible that a circuit breaker could prevent Omicron hospitalisations from reaching a peak of 3,000 per day. Reicher spoke personally. 

It was evident that Plan B alone will not stop spiralling cases, and the government must ‘act immediately’. 

He stated that he could get it after Christmas but it would be too late. By then it will likely have caused a major surge in infection and had an enormous impact on society.

The surging statistics came as Professor Neil Ferguson — whose projections have spooked No10 into lockdowns before — called for curbs to be tightened by New Year on the back of his latest modelling of the mutant strain. 

He said that hospitalisations might be overwhelmed by Christmas due to Omicron-related cases rising in the coming week, with an’very serious epidemic’. 

He also stated that the level of protection against severe illness is not optimal and that very high case numbers could result in very large hospitalisations. 

On Thursday, Sage met and supported a ban on hospitality and indoor social contact. They want new measures before January 1, which could prove to be devastating for Britons who are planning New Year celebrations.

The BBC obtained leaked minutes of Sage that revealed scientists told ministers they needed to introduce tougher measures’very soon. 

The minutes stated that ‘The timing for such measures is critical’. The minutes stated that delaying the implementation of these measures to 2022 would reduce their effectiveness, and it would make it more likely that such interventions would be able to prevent substantial pressure from health care and healthcare systems.   

The number of Omicron-related confirmed cases in England has risen to 23,168. This is an increase of 9,427 from Saturday’s total. There was an increase of 514 cases in Northern Ireland, which rose to 827.


Covid hospital admissions have spiked by more than a third in a week in Britain's Omicron hotspot of London, official data shows. Some 199 infected patients were admitted to wards in London on Tuesday, the most recent day UKHSA figures are available for

Official data shows that covid hospital admissions in Britain’s Omicron hotspot London have increased by over a third within a week. 

Scotland’s cases have reached 792, an increase of 96, and in Wales there are 181, up 22 on the previous day.

This means that there was a 67% increase in the number of cases within 24 hours, as 24,968 total figures were reported by the UKHSA. 

According to the UK Health Security Agency, seven people have died in England from Omicron-related causes, up from one.

The number of Omicron patients admitted to hospital in England increased from 65 to 85.  

Plans drawn up by officials for a two-week “circuitbreaker” lockdown, which includes bans on household mixing

It was revealed last night that plans for an indoor mixing ban and a circuit breaker lasting two weeks are in the works.

The minutes from a Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies meeting (Sage), leaked, warn of restrictions needed’very quickly’ in order to prevent hospitalisations reaching 3,000 a days.

Experts backed an indoor ban on social contact and hospitality during Thursday’s meeting.

Britons who are planning New Year party celebrations could find it difficult to plan again. They want new measures taken before January 1.

Minutes, which were seen by BBC, stated, “The timing and implementation of such measures are crucial.”

“Delaying to 2022 would significantly reduce the effectiveness and increase pressure on healthcare and other care systems.

According to The Times, Whitehall officials are currently preparing regulations which would prohibit indoor meeting except for work. Pubs and restaurants would only be allowed outside service.

Sage minutes reveal that the advisors suggested moving back to the restrictions in Step One and Two in the roadmap to release lockdown in spring. These included a ban for indoor social contact, and a prohibition on indoor hospitality.

The experts warned that sticking with Plan B would result in ‘at most’ 3000 hospital admissions per day in England. In the last week, admissions were between 800-900 per day. These measures could be implemented early enough to’substantially reduce hospital admissions and infectious diseases compared to Plan B alone,’ according the minutes.

Boris Johnson was given several options to choose from yesterday in relation to his Plan C. These ranged between’mild guidance’ to “nudge people”, right up to locking down,” according to the Financial Times.

This weekend, ministers will determine whether new restrictions for Covid are necessary in light of the recent dire warnings by scientists.  

Yesterday, Britain recorded its highest number of daily infections since the pandemic began, with a total of 93,045 people testing positive for Covid in the past 24 hours, up 60 per cent in a week. 

Industry experts feared that Government messages about the Omicron mutant were alarmist and could affect customer confidence in a time when bars, bars, and restaurants should be at their peak.

Festive takings will fall up to 40% in December. This is a devastating blow to venues that have survived previous lockdowns but are not expecting financial assistance.

Prof Reicher spoke to Times Radio personally and said that it was time for the NHS to be protected from the new version.

This comes as officials are reportedly working on draft plans to lock down the circuit-breakers for two weeks after Christmas.

The Financial Times reports that Boris Johnson was given a range of options Friday as part of a Plan C. They included’mild direction to nudge people’ through to lockdown.

According to the newspaper, the Prime Minister’s aides claimed that Johnson wanted to continue down the guidance path but had to also be realistic regarding the Omicron threat. 

BBC reports that advisers recommended changing to the restrictions in steps one and two of spring’s easing lockdown restrictions. These restrictions included an indoor mix ban and indoor hospitality.

According to reports, they warned against further intervention until 2022.

The Times reports that draft regulations had been prepared that would prohibit people from meeting indoors, except for for work purposes. Pubs and restaurants will be restricted to outside service for the two week period following Christmas.

Professor Reicher said Saturday on Times Radio, “all the science suggests (Plan B) not going be sufficient.”

“The best and most efficient way for us to make an immediate change is to reduce the number our contacts,” he said.

A circuit-breaker is the best method to decrease contact. 

“When people tell you that they don’t want the government to shut down, it’s a sign of weakness. The problem is that things are already closing down because of spread of infections.

“So we should act right away,”

The chairman of the NHS Confederation was Lord Victor Adebowale. He supported a circuit-breaker and warned against taking a risky approach.

Times Radio reported that he would vote for the circuit-breaker. All of my members support the circuitbreaker.

“We have been calling for Plan B since a long time and are glad it was passed. The Government must be ready for further intervention if necessary.

He said, “The truth is that we should be following the precautionary principle.” Our NHS and public services should be protected. Without health, there is no economy.  

A spokesperson for the government stated that they will continue to monitor all data emerging and keep their measures in mind as new information is discovered. 

Today Professor Ferguson stated that the current Delta and Alpha versions of Omicron were not as severe as they used to be.

“The severity aspect of the illness is most difficult to define because we have seen very few hospitalisations,” he said. The number of cases is low. There isn’t a strong indicator of any severity change compared to Delta. 

“That doesn’t mean it will look exactly like the Alpha wave that we experienced a year back, but we expect everyone with immunity to have milder diseases. 

According to Omicron, Omicron does not look much different than Delta. We are still in uncertainty, so it will be a while before we know more. The numbers of hospitalizations and cases are increasing quickly.

Britons have’very limited’ protection from the virus by having had two or more vaccinations, but will still be protected from severe illness with 85-90 percent of their protection.

It means, from a public health perspective, that people with increased immunity over the last twelve months are more likely to have severe diseases than infections. 

Omicron is not recommended for people who have been previously infected, or those who only received two doses. 

But the protection against serious diseases must be good. Perhaps 85-90 percent protection. We face a huge problem with an epidemic. Even that protection may not be perfect. The large number of cases could result in very large hospitalisations.

Following dire warnings issued by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies scientists, Tory ministers have been summoned to crunch talks on Saturday. They will discuss whether or not new Covid curbs should be implemented.