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12 June 2015, 17:47
Eight men involved in a mass brawl in Newark which left two men beaten unconscious have been sentenced.
Six of those charged with affray after the fight outside a chip shop in September worked as bouncers in the town.
Two men were left unconscious after being beaten outside the Castlegate Fishbar.
All eight were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court this afternoon (Friday 12 June) after they pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Newark, Inspector Louise Clarke, said: “This is a particularly horrifying attack that lasted just over two minutes but managed to leave two men unconscious, including one who was left with cracked teeth, a broken nose and a fractured sternum.
“We want to be absolutely clear that violence will not be tolerated from anyone in Nottinghamshire – and especially not those whose responsibility it is to keep the public safe as they enjoy an evening out in our county’s city and town centres.
“Nottinghamshire Police has a long-standing record of working with licensed premises, security companies and local authority licensing departments across all our town and city centres to prevent this kind of deplorable violence.
“The eight convictions in this case simply would not have been possible without the cooperation of the premises in Newark town centre and we would like to place on-record our thanks to them for reaffirming their commitment to making Newark town centre a safe and enjoyable place to enjoy an evening out.”
Seven of the eight defendants received an 18-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years. They were also ordered to carry out 250 hours unpaid work and pay £200 costs:
Steven Drake, 27, of Houghton Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, received an 18-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work, will be subject to a 12-month supervision order and was ordered to pay £200 costs.