Club attacker avoids prison

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A clubgoer who threw a punch when a large brawl broke out at a Blackpool lap-dancing venue has walked free from court.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Shaun Ibbott, 20, had taken part in some scuffling when fighting started between two groups at Eden 2 in Blackpool on October 27 last year.

The court heard Ibbott didn’t start the violence, involving between 10 and 15 men and captured on CCTV, but joined in, before it was all quickly stopped by bouncers.

Ibbott had earlier admitted affray.

The defendant, who had no previous convictions, was given a community order with 24 hours at an attendance centre in Preston.

Three other men have already appeared before Preston Crown Court over the melee and were jailed for between eight and 10 months each.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said there was a fight between two groups of people in the lap dancing club.

One group of men were casually dressed and the others were smartly dressed, in shirts, ties and waistcoats.

Mr Brookwell said the main incident occurred in the bar area where, at first, the groups were talking to each other and there was no sense of anything going wrong but shortly afterwards there was some pushing and punches were exchanged.

Ibbott was not involved in any initial pushing and punches being thrown. Mr Brookwell said: ”He didn’t start the violence himself. He became involved with another unknown man and threw a punch which hit this other man on the top of the head.”

The prosecutor said when Ibbott, of Kent Street, Deepdale, Preston, was interviewed, he admitted he was present. He gave a prepared statement, in which he said he was assaulted and he was trying to defend himself. The others who appeared in court had had previous convictions.

Tom Lord, defending, asked the judge not to send Ibbott to prison, because of his lack of previous convictions, his age and his immaturity.

Judge Andrew Woolman told Ibbott: “Your role in the offence, I am sure, is less than the others and in addition to that you are only 20 and you have never been in trouble.”