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November 2, 2012

Patron, bar facing discipline after British Club fight

LAWRENCE — A North Andover man is facing felony assault and battery charges for allegedly repeatedly kicking another man in the head, resulting in facial fractures, during a fight in the parking lot of the British Club.

The 12:30 a.m. incident on Sunday, Oct. 21, which left Timothy Campolini with a fractured right eye socket and broken right cheekbone, was not immediately reported to police, according to a report released yesterday.

Lt. Shawn Conway, the licensing board investigator, found out about the fight between James Dion and Campolini after receiving a tip on his police department voice mail 16 hours after the fight occurred, according to his report.

As a result of his investigation, Conway issued a summons to Dion, 45, of 24 Francis St., North Andover for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a shod foot. If Campolini suffers any permanent scars or disfigurements, Dion could also be charged with mayhem, according to Conway’s report.

The matter will now go before a clerk magistrate for a hearing. If the clerk determines evidence of a crime exists, Dion will be formally arraigned in Lawrence District Court.

Also, the British Club will be required to go before the city’s licensing board for a hearing “for failing to contact the police about this incident,” Conway wrote.

Police Chief John Romero stressed all clubs must notify police when a crime occurs on their premises.

“We hold all clubs’ feet to the fire ... private or otherwise,” Romero said. “They have a responsibility to let us know when things happen.”

Campolini, 46, of 81 Everett St., who was undergoing treatment at a Boston hospital yesterday, declined comment for this story.

After receiving the tip about the fight, Conway went to the British Club at 88 Cambridge St. and in the south parking lot “found a large area of what I believed to be pooled dried blood in the parking lot.” Conway also spoke with Frank Rossi, British Club president, and Bruce Fielding, treasurer. Neither were at the club that night but both knew Dion and Campolini were in a fight, according to Conway’s report.

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