Police hit out at ‘ferocious’ pub attackers

Brutal attack: The Royal Oak and (below) Steven Hargreaves and Kenneth Hargreaves
Brutal attack: The Royal Oak and (below) Steven Hargreaves and Kenneth Hargreaves
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A pub landlord today said he was “lucky” to have survived a brutal attack that left him unable to return to work.

Jonathan Marshall was working at the Royal Oak, in Fleetwood, when he was punched, kicked and stamped upon by two thugs after he asked them to leave.

Steven Hargreaves

Steven Hargreaves

The former landlord has never returned to the pub, on Lord Street, since the horrific attack two years ago.

The detective in charge of the investigation said it was the worst assault case she had ever seen.

Steven Hargreaves, 41, of Hawknest Aveue, Fleetwood and his 44-year-old brother Kenneth Hargreaves, of
Chaucer Road, Fleetwood, were sentenced to eight years each in jail after being found guilty of wounding with intent.

Mr Marshall,said: “I am lucky to be alive.

Kenneth Hargreaves

Kenneth Hargreaves

“At the end of the day, justice has been done after two long years.

“I would like to thank the police for their work and my partner for her support.”

Det Con Emma Shuttleworth said: “It was a thoroughly unprovoked attack, so ferocious that a young barmaid jumped from behind the bar in sheer fright and ran out to get help.

“The victim has lost his job and his business because of this. He left in an ambulance that night and has never been back – it is really quite a sad state of affairs.

“I’ve seen many assaults on CCTV and that was by far the worst I have seen in my
 career.

“The sentence they (the Hargreaves) got reflects that.”

The attackers were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.

The judge, Recorder Philip Grundy, said the people who spoke highly of them in their character references would have been appalled by the way they behaved.

‘It was a sustained and repeated assault by you’

Preston Crown Court heard Jonathan Marshall had been the victim of an “ugly” assault.

After asking Steven and Kenneth Hargreaves to leave, he was wrestled to the floor before being kicked, punched and stamped on. The attack, left him with a broken nose and an eye injury that can cause blurred vision.
David James, prosecuting, said it was an “ugly, unprovoked and serious assault”.

The judge, Recorder Philip Grundy said: “It was a sustained and repeated assault by the pair of you.”