The Railway Hotel is a popular pub in the centre of Penarth – but two Cardiff brothers have been sentenced following a violent attack on two students on the premises

Two brothers – both from Cardiff – have received court sentences after attacking students playing pool in the Railway Hotel in Penarth – apparently because they thought the students’ game was “going on for too long”.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that the brothers, Alex and Ross Browning, “lost their temper” and became impatient because they wanted to play pool themselves .

Cardiff Crown Court –

The court heard that Ross Browning had thrown a punch and that one of the students had allegedly retaliated by throwing a glass at Alex Browning.

The court was told the brothers went outside – but then came back into the pub – pushed a student to the ground and kicked him. The victim sustained a black eye, a cut and required dental treatment.  Judge Jeremy Jenkins described the violent attack –  which occurred on March 31st 2017 – as  “wholly unnecessary”.

Ross Browning (34) of Pomeroy Street,  Butetown, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to assaulting the two students and had already been given his 8 month jail sentence at an earlier court hearing.

His  brother Alex Browning (22) of Norbury Road in Fairwater, Cardiff, admitted assaulting one of the students. Another charge is to lie on file. His record revealed he had pleaded guilty in a youth court in 2012 on a count of resisting a police officer and two counts of assaulting a police officer.  Alex Browning was given a six-month suspended jail term and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Last month – despite the support of the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council –  the Railway Hotel withdrew  a highly contentious licensing application which would have enabled it to stay open until 02:30 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


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  1. The Tax payer says:

    Having known this pub for a number of years and all the problems it has I think that the opening hours should be reduced. I also ask myself why would PTC agree with longer opening hours. Take it they don’t live near the place by the sound of it ?
    As for the current manager he really doesn’t care as long as the money is coming over the bar and I have seen him walk past possible trouble and not deal with it as he should before it gets out of hand.

  2. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    Why can’t you find any photos of these brothers from Butetown and Fairwater anywhere? Its almost as if the judiciary and police were conspiring against you.

  3. Frank Evans says:

    I for one think it is a great pub. Maybe fuddy duddies should try the officers club or the Derby and Joan on Plassey St.

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