Carpet fitters arm was broken in attack at club

Attack scene: Flamingo's in Blackpool where (below) Ben Cook and Lee Freeman carried out their attack
Attack scene: Flamingo's in Blackpool where (below) Ben Cook and Lee Freeman carried out their attack
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A carpet fitter who carried out work at a nightclub was later attacked and suffered a broken arm when he returned to see the fruits of his labour.

Christopher Halpin needed surgery to insert a plate and screws to fix his arm, as a result of the assault in Flamingo in Blackpool.

His attacker was given15 months jail by a judge at Preston Crown court.

Ben Cook, 23, of Thornber Grove, Blackpool, admitted unlawful wounding.

Lee Freeman, 22, of Loftus Avenue, Blackpool was sentenced to nine months in prison for affray.

The violence arose after Mr Halpin went to the club in Queen Street, on August 23 last year, two weeks after he had fitted a carpet there.

He wanted to see the carpet in situ, the prosecution told the court.

He later went to an outside balcony and was approached by a group of three or four people. One of them asked where he was from and he told them “round here”.

Judith McCullough, prosecuting, said another male made a comment and the atmosphere changed.

Mr Halpin was struck to the cheek and CCTV showed he was wrestled to the ground by Cook where he was kicked and punched.

Freeman was seen acting aggressively, said the prosecution. Door staff intervened and paid for a taxi for Mr Halpin.

He went home, but next morning was woken by pain in his arm. He had a fracture and on August 28 underwent surgery to fit a plate and screws.

Cook had previous offences of violence on his record. Four days after the incident, Freeman was given a jail term for burglary.

Joe Hart, for Cook, said: “Custodial sentences in the past have not stopped his offending, have not stopped his drinking and have not stopped violence.

“He was involved in what appears to have been a joint attack. He was very very drunk at the time and cannot remember or give a proper explanation as to how he came to be involved.

“The incident flared up and was over very quickly. It was not sustained”.

Paul Humphries, for Freeman, said he had constructively used the time he had spent in custody, since the offence.

“He was on the periphery of the incident. He did not use any violence”.