Thugs are jailed af­ter vi­o­lent plat­form brawl

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FOUR thugs have been jailed af­ter a vi­o­lent brawl on the plat­form of Mac­cles­field train sta­tion.

Broth­ers Kelvin and Martin Jack­son, along with Nathan Hen­shall, launched the bru­tal at­tack on pas­sen­gers af­ter their friend Ricky Chell smashed a beer bot­tle on the head of a pas­sen­ger on a train, a court heard.

The may­hem spilled onto the plat­form and left vic­tims with hor­rific in­juries in­clud­ing a frac­tured jaw and bro­ken an­kle.

At Ch­ester Crown Court, the trio ad­mit­ted GBH and were jailed for a to­tal of six years.

The court heard that the men were part of a gang of eight who were act­ing ‘bois­ter­ously’ on a train from Manch­ester on 6.45pm on Fe­bru­ary 27, last year.

Also on the train were a group of fam­ily and friends trav­el­ling home.

The vi­o­lence ig­nited when Chell got into an ar­gu­ment with another pas­sen­ger Gary El­lams, and then hit him with a bot­tle, the hear­ing was told. Mr El­lam’s son in law Craig Pur­cell then re­strained Chell who tried to get off the train as it pulled into Mac­cles­field and the party spilled out on to the plat­form.

Another pas­sen­ger Kerry Draper also tried to pre­vent Chell leav­ing but was at­tacked by Nathan Hen­shall who ‘hit and grabbed her’ at the sta­tion.

Hen­shall then punched Mr Pur­cell ‘with a blow that sent him rock­ing’ be­fore Mr Pur­cell got a sec­ond blow from Kelvin Jack­son.

The at­tack broke his jaw in three places.

De­spite try­ing to move to safety, pas­sen­gers Rus­sell Brom­ley and his part­ner of Re­becca Sum­mer­field were also at­tacked.

Mr Brom­ley was punched to the floor by Martin Jack­son and then kicked sev­eral times by both Jack­son and Hen­shall.

He suf­fered a frac­tured an­kle and mul­ti­ple fa­cial wounds.

His part­ner Re­becca Sum­mer­field tried to stop the at­tack only to be punched by Hen­shall.

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment Mr Pur­cell, who had his jaw wired, said he felt de­graded by be­ing forced to eat with a bib dur­ing his re­cov­ery.

Sen­tenc­ing Judge Eric Lamb said the ‘vi­o­lent and boor­ish be­hav­iour’ on a public rail­way would have caused dis­tress to other pas­sen­gers.

He said: “Mr Brom­ley was try­ing to move to safety when he was punched and kicked many times when he was on the floor.

“Hen­shall and Jack­son used a shod foot as a weapon caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury.” Nathan Hen­shall, 26, of Frod­ing­ham Road, Stoke, ad­mit­ted GBH and two counts of com­mon as­sault and was jailed for 32 months. Gemma Maxwell, defending, said: “He played sub­or­di­nate role in the over­all in­ci­dent and claims his in­volve­ment was out of charac- ter.” Martin Jack­son, 34, of Ash­field Square, Stoke, ad­mit­ted GBH and was jailed for 27 months.

Alexan­der PritchardJones, defending, said Jack­son is a for­mer sol­dier served his coun­try for six years and saw com­bat in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

She said: “Ini­tially he tried to stop Ricky Chell af­ter the bot­tling, but then be­comes vi­o­lent on the plat­form. It is in­ex­cus­able.” Kelvin Jack­son, 32, of Ash­field Square, Stoke, ad­mit­ted GBH and was jailed for 13 months.

Amy Jack­son, de­fend- ing, said: “He struck a sin­gle blow when he lost his temper. He feels re­morse. He wants to apol­o­gise to the vic­tim.”

Ricky Chell, 25, of Bev­er­ley Drive, Stoke, ad­mit­ted ma­li­cious wound­ing at pre­vi­ous hear­ing and was jailed for 18 months.

Kelvin (left) and Martin Jack­son were jailed for their part in a brawl at Mac­cles­field train sta­tion

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