‘Your crimes made my blood run cold’

District Judge Jeff Brailsford
District Judge Jeff Brailsford
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A TRIO who launched a drink-fuelled attack on a man in front of hundreds of people on Blackpool’s Golden Mile have been slammed by a judge.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford told the three: “You three picked on this man.

Blackpool Promenade near the Foxhall pub.

Blackpool Promenade near the Foxhall pub.

“It was a vicious unprovoked attack.

“When I listened to what you had done my blood ran cold.

“I think others in this court felt the same way.”

“It was a sustained and repeated attack with one of you at one stage running fully 100 yards up the road to kick him.”

The victim was named at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court as Blackpool man Darren Hood, 40.

His three assailants who admitted assault were Thomas Hilldrup, 21, of Manchester Road, Westhoughton, his brother James Hilldrup, 20, of the same address and Michael Barlow, 24, of Poulton Road, Bolton.

Thomas Hilldrup was given a four-month jail term, suspended for two years and ordered to pay Mr Hood £150 compensation and £150 court costs.

His brother was given a six month jail term suspended for two years, a 16-week curfew and ordered to pay £150 compensation and £150 costs.

Barlow was also given a six month jail term suspended for two years, six months supervision, a 10-week curfew and told to pay the same compensation and costs.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the trio were on a day out in Blackpool and had consumed up to eight pints of lager each.

They left the Foxhall pub on the Promenade where they came across Mr Hood who was drinking from a can.

They called him an alcoholic and punched him to the ground.

The prosecutor said Mr Hood was then kicked up to six times before a woman intervened.

The trio then confronted their victim further down the seafront.

They chased Mr Hood before tripping him up and restarting their attack.

She said:”At one stage they were laughing at Hood as he was kneed in the face.

“One of them ran 100 yards to join in.

“He did not slow down and aimed a football style kick at Mr Hood‘s face.”

The court heard the trio attacked their victim because he had made a remark to them, but the judge said that had been over-ruled at an earlier hearing of the case.

The court heard that all three wanted to apologise for their actions.