Brawl breaks out on film set of Far From The Madding Crowd
By Western Daily Press | Thursday, October 24, 2013, 05:00
The cast and crew working on Far From The Madding Crowd have taken over large areas of Sherborne
Actress Carey Mulligan is to star in the new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic tale, which is currently being filmed in the Dorset town
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of GBH after two security guards on the set of a major movie being filmed in the West were beaten up in a late-night attack.
The men were released on bail until mid-December by detectives investigating the bizarre incident on the set of Far From The Madding Crowd, which is being filmed in Sherborne, Dorset.
In the kind of post-pub, market town casual violent incident of which Thomas Hardy himself often wrote, five men came out of a town centre pub and ran across an area of the town centre outside Sherborne Abbey which had been cordoned off by film crews as part of the movie.
The incident happened at around 1am on Saturday night. Two security guards rushed to stop the men, but one was knocked to the ground and the other assaulted, and the men ran off towards the abbey. One of the security guards, a 59-year-old from Devizes, Wiltshire, suffered cuts and bruises to his face and body, while the second, a 47-year-old from Lewes in Sussex, was also injured. Their injuries were serious enough to need treatment at Yeovil District Hospital.
Detectives appealed for information about the incident, and yesterday revealed that three men had been arrested. All three are from Sherborne – or Sherton Abbas, as Hardy called it – and aged 39, 34 and 27. All were arrested on suspicion of GBH, police said, but were later released.
Detective Constable Gerald Marchant said: "This was an unprovoked attack that left both men requiring treatment at hospital. I'd like to ask the public to cast their mind back to around 1am on Sunday and to contact me urgently if they recall any suspicious activity in the Sherborne Abbey area.
"I'd like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident and, in particular, any witnesses who came to the aid of the victims," he added.
Filming continued today on the set of the movie, which is the latest silver-screen interpretation of one of Hardy's classics.
British actress Carey Mulligan, who recently married Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford and moved to the West, is playing the lead role of Bathsheba Everdene, the feisty heiress torn between the love of three men.
Actor Michael Sheen plays farmer Boldwood, along with young actor Tom Sturridge, who is portraying the dashing soldier Sergeant Troy. Some streets around the town's famous abbey have been cordoned off, with buildings and roads getting a period makeover to create the kind of town scene of Victorian Dorset.