A GROUP of men, including a Bolton barrister, accused of taking part in an armed brawl near Bolton town centre have denied committing violent disorder.

At Bolton Crown Court the seven men, who appeared in two groups before Judge Timothy Stead because of Covid-19 social distancing considerations, each pleaded not guilty to violent disorder.

They each also denied possessing a bat as an offensive weapon.

The allegations stem from a incident in the early hours of October 21 in Spa Road, Bolton when groups on men were seen fighting near the junction with Mayor Street.

During the plea hearing a trial date of November 17 next year was set and all of the men were granted unconditional bail.

They are Mubasher Khan the 39-year-old managing director of Parkview Solicitors, of Sherbourne Road, Bolton as well as: Qammar Abbas, aged 38, of Bertrand Road, Bolton; Gulzer Akram, aged 39, of Dobson Road, Bolton; Adal Khan, aged 22 and Aftab Khan, both of Easedale Road, Bolton; Arfan Khan, aged 42, and Aslam Khan, aged 44, both of Mayor Street, Bolton.