‘Pair of clowns’ rapped for street brawl

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TWO men who had a run­ning bat­tle through the busy streets of Mac­cles­field were de­scribed as ‘a pair of clowns’, a court heard.

Jonathan Lee Stott, 25, and Philip Shane Yeo­mans, 27, be­gan row­ing out­side a dis­count shop in the town cen­tre be­fore be­com­ing vi­o­lent, mag­is­trates were told.

They then chased each other through the streets swing­ing punches and throw­ing bot­tles at each other in front of shocked shop­pers, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Stott, of Roe Street, Mac- cles­field, and Yeo­mans, of Cross Lane, Con­gle­ton, ad­mit­ted us­ing threat­en­ing, abu­sive, in­sult­ing words or be­hav­iour with in­tent to cause fear or pro­voke un­law­ful vi­o­lence at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on Novem­ber 24.

Si­mon Pover, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “Both the de­fen­dants were in­volved in a run­ning fight through Mac­cles­field.

“At 2.50pm on Oc­to­ber 31 the de­fen­dants were both near B&M Home Bar­gains.

“They were seen ar­gu­ing out­side the store.

“They started push­ing each other. An­other male tried to break it up.

“They ran off down Mill Street. They were shout­ing abuse at each other. CCTV cap­tured them fight­ing on Park Green.

It shows them throw­ing punches at each other and throw­ing Des­per­ado Beers at each other.”

The court heard that af­ter they were ar­rested the pair blamed each an­other.

Mr Pover added: “Yeomons said the Stott wanted to fight and he was just stand­ing up for him­self.

“He said there was bad blood be­tween them and called Stott a ‘straight up p****’.

“[Yeomons] said he was sick of him bul­ly­ing peo­ple and think­ing he is was ‘all that’.

“Stott claimed Yeo­man hit him with a beer bot­tle. He de­scribed them as ‘both go­ing for it’.

“He said he ran away and fell down some steps.”

John Christie, de­fend­ing both men, de­scribed the pair as ‘clowns’.

He said: “They have been friends for sev­eral years.

“Bizarrely nei­ther know the rea­son that they fell out.

“There were no blows or con­tact. It was like shadow box­ing around Mac­cles­field.

“Both have sub­stan­tial records.”

Mag­is­trate Vir­ginia Platt or­dered the pair to be de­tained in the court for a day adding: “You have fam­ily and friends.

“You need to think about the most el­derly per­son you know and the small­est, youngest per­son you know. Then think about them wit­ness­ing those shock­ing scenes.”

“Bizarrely nei­ther knows the rea­son that they fell out”

●● Philip Yeo­mans was one of two men con­victed of a pub­lic or­der of­fence

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