13 men jailed for brawl in busy Bristol street after England World Cup football match
THIRTEEN men have been jailed for their part in a brawl which broke out after an England World Cup match.
Two men from Fishponds, one from Mangotsfield, another from Emersons Green and one from Soundwell were among those charged after the fight, above, which saw furniture thrown in Park Street in the middle of a Sunday afternoon and left onlookers "terrified".
England had just beaten Panama 6-1 when the violence broke out at about 3.15pm on June 24 last year.
Avon and Somerset police said several of the men who ended up in court were injured in the fight: one had a broken leg while another was knocked unconscious.
The men in Bristol Crown Court over the past week were:
*Leon Gregor, 25, of Patchway, who was jailed for 12 months and issued with a six-year Football Banning Order
*Callum Powell, 28, of Fishponds, above, who was given a four-month suspended sentence, ordered to carry out 260 hours unpaid work and issued a three-year FBO.
*Nicholas Hunt, 28, of Bishopsworth, who was jailed for five months
*Declan McFarlane, 27, of Emersons Green, below, who was given a three-month suspended sentence, 240 hours of unpaid work and issued with a three-year FBO.
*Daniel Poole, 28, of Kingswood, who was given a two-month suspended sentence, 150 hours of unpaid work and a three-year FBO.
*Nathan Jelf, 42, of Bishopsworth, who was jailed for seven months and issued with a six-year FBO.
*Ricki Paddon, 30, of Chepstow, who was jailed for six months and issued with a six-year FBO.
*Will Duggan, 21, of Mangotsfield, who was jailed for three months.
*Kevin Bennett, 31, of Hanham, who was jailed for four months.
*Lee James, 33, of Soundwell, who was jailed for four months.
*Jordan Cornick, 29, of Knowle, who was jailed for four months.
*Darren Knowles, 42, of Fishponds, below, who was jailed for three months and issued a six-year FBO.
*Tom Cook-Davies, 43, of Horfield, who was jailed for eight months.
*Joshua Davies, 31, of Knowle, who was jailed for seven months.
*Ryan Phillips, 28, of Knowle, who was jailed for seven months.
*Martin Hayward, 34, of Knowle, who was jailed for six months.
The brawl took place in front of families with children and one told police: “I found it distressing to watch that level of violence in real life, watching people get hurt and bleeding in the street."
Another said: "What I was seeing really disturbed me. I felt terrified … this was a vicious attack and there was a lot of hate in the atmosphere.”
Over the past week, the defendants have all appeared before District Judge Julian Lambert at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing for affray.
Judge Lambert described the incident as “major disorder” which “engendered terror and distress”. He told the defendants only custodial sentences were suitable “however small a part people played”.
Avon and Somerset Police's head of operations, Superintendent Rhys Hughes, said: "This incident of violent disorder was quickly brought under control on the arrival of police officers.
"However, those few minutes were enough to put many of those enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the city in fear of being injured.
"The effects of these men's actions include damage to property, a cost to the public purse in bringing these prosecutions and financial losses to nearby businesses, as their customers fled.
"This type of violence has absolutely no place in our society. I welcome these custodial sentences and hope they send a clear message to anyone involved in football-related violence that it simply will not be tolerated in Bristol."