Sunday, 19 May 2013

Doctor Who & Star Wars fans join the Dark Side

The Force called in to Stars Wars Convention
Visitors to a Norwich Science Fiction & Film Fair would have been astonished to witness Police breaking up a bitter exchange between visiting Doctor Who fans and Star Wars enthusiasts, some in full character costume. 

Officers were called at around 2.30pm last Sunday when members of the Norwich Sci-Fi Club were refused entry at a fair co-hosted by Norwich Star Wars Club at the University of East Anglia. Police confirmed that they had been called to reports of a man being assaulted at the convention, and arrived to find a dispute between two groups which had been sparked by the arrival at the event of Jim Poole, treasurer of Norwich Sci Fi Club. He was asked to leave the convention as he approached Doctor Who actor Graham Cole for an autograph, leading to a stand-off which was only calmed by the police and university security. 

A spokesman added: “After lengthy investigation, talking to witnesses and reviewing good CCTV footage, it was confirmed that there was no assault. The two rival groups were spoken to and advised to keep out of each other’s way.”

Both sides said there had been a long-running rivalry between the two groups and the events they organise, but hoped they could resolve their differences and share their love of sci-fi in future.

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