Disorder ‘could have led to death’

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A scene of public disorder on a Blackpool street could easily have resulted in death, a judge has said.

Preston Crown Court heard how an argument initially broke out between two women and a man in a Blackpool takeaway.

The two partners of the women later turned up at a property on Grasmere Road, Blackpool, with weapons – including an axe and knife – and more trouble followed.

Christopher Nimbley, 32, has been given a suspended sentence for his part in what took place on January 12 this year on Grasmere Road.

Zoe Salter, prosecuting, said the incident started off with Nimbley and two women getting involved in a row in Ali’s takeaway on Central Drive, Blackpool.

As a result, the partners of the women armed themselves with weapons and an incident, which was caught on CCTV, followed on Grasmere Road.

Witnesses described seeing one man carrying an axe while a yellow handled knife was later found in a drain nearby.

The incident was deemed so serious a police helicopter was scrambled to deal with the offence.

Recorder Andrew Long, the judge considering the case at Preston Crown Court, told Nimbley: “It was a very serious incident.

“Somebody could easily have ended up dead.”

Nimbley, of Carlingford Close, Toxteth, Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.

He pleaded guilty on the basis that he accepted having been involved in an altercation, the court heard.

Nimbley stated he was not responsible for starting it and to begin with, had acted in self defence.

He and another man he was with were attacked by two others with weapons, the basis of plea had also said.

But, at no time did Nimbley have any weapon and he was not responsible for injury caused to another man, who was stabbed in the back.

Nimbley was given nine months prison, suspended for 18 months, with a £100 statutory surcharge.

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