Court told of Promenade attack

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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THREE men carried out an unprovoked attack on a lone man on Blackpool Promenade a court was told.

The 40-year-old victim was described as being rugby-tackled to the ground and repeatedly stamped on and kicked.

Michael Barlow, a jobless 24-year-old, of Poulton Avenue, and cousins James Hilldrup, a 23-year-old cabinet maker, of Marsh Road and Thomas Hilldrup, unemployed, 21, of Manchester Road, Westhoughton, all of Bolton, admitted assault.

They were bailed to September 4 for a court hearing where evidence from both the prosecution and defence will be heard by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a lone individual who was chased down the Promenade and kicked repeatedly.”

The prosecutor said on the evening of April 14 the defendants were among a group of five men who started making comments about the victim as he was drinking from a can of cider.

A witness described Barlow as rugby-tackling the victim and repeatedly stamping on him. James Hilldrup was said to be seen sprinting up to the victim and without breaking stride, kicking him. Thomas Hilldrup was said to have kneed the victim in the face.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said the defendants described the victim as drinking from a can in the street. They said the victim was drunk and hurled a can at them. The defendants admitted the victim was shoved and pushed about, but denied he was repeatedly kicked.