Chef with 'grudge against staff' bursts into restaurant with BB gun

Shocking moment masked chef with a ‘grudge against staff’ bursts into restaurant with a BB gun and points it at people during opening night

  • Lee Broll, 27, burst into a restaurant in Southampton pointing his gun at people

Shocking footage shows the moment a masked chef with ‘a grudge’ bursts into a fine dining restaurant brandishing a BB Gun.

CCTV footage of the incident shows Lee Broll, 27, pushing plates over before pointing his gun at people and walking out again during the busy Southampton eatery’s opening night.

During the scuffle, Broll began swinging the weapon around, striking one of the men in the head, a court heard previously.

The chef ‘had a grudge’ against staff after his job offer was withdrawn by restaurant AO.

Many terrified diners believed the gun was real when he pointed it across the pass into the kitchen.

CCTV footage of the incident shows, Lee Broll, 27, bursting in and pushing plates over before pointing his gun at people 

An image of the BB gun that Broll brandished around on the launch of a busy Southampton restaurant

Broll was handed an 18-month jail term suspended for two years at Southampton Crown Court. 

He was also given a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work. 

He pleaded guilty to assault by beating, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause others to believe that unlawful violence would be used and using threatening, abusive or insulting words to cause harassment, alarm or distress. .

In a statement read out at his sentencing, one eye-witness said she wanted to run away but couldn’t because Broll was blocking the exit.

She said: ‘It was incredibly frightening. I was frozen in fear.’

Broll, of no-fixed-abode was arrested after being tackled to the ground by two members of staff who followed him out of the restaurant.

The restaurant was founded by by Chef-Patron Daniel Rogan – son of three Michelin star chef Simon Rogan.

An eight course tasting menu is offered at the city centre venue for £85 per person.

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