A man has been caught on camera smashing a bottle over another man’s head in a terrifying row over dogs as tempers soared during one of the hottest day of the year.
Shocking footage apparently shows a calm evening on the Thames Path in Greenwich, London descending into chaos as the altercation escalated into a bloody brawl on Saturday evening.
The trouble seems to start when a large dog pounced on a smaller dog that was passing by with its owner.
As the dogs bark, a man in a red polo shirt holding a bottle, who had been walking beside the woman with the smaller dog, angrily confronts the owner of the larger dog.
Almost immediately, a bald man in a white t-shirt gets between the two.
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It is not clear if the man in the white t-shirt knows the owner of the larger dog, who appears to be a woman wearing a red and white dress who is standing off to the side.
People begin to gather as the men square up to each other, swearing, and the women can be heard trying to explain to onlookers what happened.
While the dogs calm down, the men appear to be getting angrier and begin pointing in each other’s faces.
It is not clear whether either of the men knows the women holding the dogs.
Out of nowhere, a man in a red Adidas t-shirt, who appears unsteady on his feet, stumbles into frame and lands a blow on the face of the man in the polo shirt.
Incensed, the punched man raises the bottle he has been holding and lunges towards the bald man in the white t-shirt, who tries to kick him away.
A wince-inducing smash is heard as the bottle comes down on the bald man’s head, breaking instantly and causing him to bleed.
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Shocked onlookers gasp and a few step forward to try to stop the fight from escalating any further as a group of men – including the one in the Adidas top who threw the first punch – try to separate the sparring pair.
The wounded man shouts ‘give me the f***ing bottle’ as he grabs one from another man and heads towards his attacker.
Meanwhile, woman with the small dog can be seen filming the altercation as she holds her pooch in her arms.
With several people now attempting to calm the fray, the man in the red polo shirt charges towards the man in the Adidas top, who manages to slip away unharmed.
Then the man in the red polo shirt and the bald man, pursued now by a crowd, inch closer together and appear to be exchanging sharp words before the bald man takes a swipe at the other man.
A chase ensues, with the bald man hitting the man in the red polo shirt with his bloodied hands.
The video ends with the men still scuffling as a woman screams loudly.
The bald man, covered in blood from his wound, has been knocked to the ground and is still trying to land blows on his opponent as onlookers move in to try to break up the fight yet again.
The Metropolitan Police said it was aware of the video, but that the incident has not yet been reported to them.
Social media users debated who was at fault but the chaotic scene was impossible to untangle from the footage and left various users blaming the small dog, the large dog, one or both of their owners, the two men and onlookers who became involved.