Attack horror on high street

Scene of the attack on Victoria Road West
Scene of the attack on Victoria Road West
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AN unprovoked attack in the street left two men and a boy injured – one of them ending up unconscious.

The violence flared after the victims walked past a group of people sat outside a Cleveleys food outlet.

Two of those involved in what took place were given suspended sentences by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

Christopher Dixon, 20, of Pheasant Wood Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty to one offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ashley Myerscough, 21, of Portsmouth Close, Thornton, admitted two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Michael Brooks, prosecuting, said the victims had met up with other friends.

It was intended they should have a meal at the Tramway pub on Victoria Road West.

Several of them went to the bank to withdraw some money. On the way there they passed a Subway outlet, where eight or nine men were sat at a table outside.

The prosecution said the group stared at the passers-by and shouted abuse.

Myerscough went on to punch one man to the mouth. This caused the man to fall to the ground and lose consciousness.

Another in the group, though not one of the defendants, kicked the victim to the head.

Another man and a 15-year-old boy were punched four or five times to the face by 
Dixon. The youth ended up with a fractured eye socket.

The prosecution confirmed only two of the assailants had been brought before the court.

Wayne Jackson, defending, said it was accepted the defendant had aimed a kick at the boy’s body region, but it had clearly made contact with his face instead.

Judge, Mr Justice Hamblen, told the defendants as he passed sentence: “This was effectively an unprovoked attack in the middle of the afternoon.

“It involved an unpleasant group assault on these essentially innocent passers by”.

Dixon and Myerscough were given 51 weeks prison, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months supervision and 80 hours unpaid work.

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