Evicted brothers wanted a fight

Preston crown court
Preston crown court
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A doorman was threatened with a carpet rod after two brothers were thrown out of a nightclub.

Prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, Paul Cummings QC said Andrew and Christopher Hercus had been thrown out of the Kaos Bar in Blackpool after being threatening to staff on August 13.

But they returned to the club and threatened violence towards the security employee. Andrew Hercus, 36, a former soldier for the Duke of Lancaster regiment, from Brougton Avenue, Layton, offered to fight him.

Christopher Hercus, 26, of Drummond Avenue, Layton, also approached him with his fists clenched. He said: “At that point Andrew Hercus produced a metal object. The doorman thought it was a knife,at that point they rushed at him forcing him to retreat into the club.” The court heard the doorman had to defend himself with a bar stool.

He added: “While he held it in front of him, Andrew tried to hit him and Christopher was trying to punch him. A PC Watson arrived and could see what was going on, and went straight to Andrew Hercus and put him on the ground.

“Other members of the public prevented the other defendants getting away.

Christopher ran up behind the officer and pushed him into the cage in the van and was pulling on his body armour, trying to prevent the arrest of his brother.

“A member of public tackled him to the ground.”

Andrew Hercus admits affray and his brother admits a public order offence and assaulting a PC. Andrew Hercus’ defence lawyer said he had been suffering symptoms of PTSD although he hadn’t been formally diagnosed.

Judge Recorder Hannam gave him a six month jail, term, suspended for two years and his brother received a rehabilitation activity requirement and must pay £200 costs.