Eight people sentenced for fight in St Leonards

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EIGHT people have been sentenced after taking part in a fight in which a man was stabbed.

The group appeared at Hove Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, September 6) and received their sentences by a judge.

The fight took place last November in St Leonards and the 21-year-old victim was stabbed in the chest.

All eight pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Ashley McCann, 19, of Collington Rise, Bexhill, received a 24-month community order, 140 hours unpaid work, a non-contact order and an exclusion order.

Two 16-year-olds, one from Hastings and the other from St Leonards, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received 18-month youth rehabilitation orders as well as an exclusion orders and intensive surveillance and supervision orders.

Dave Bright, 19, of Brendon Rise, also pleaded guilty to wounding. Both he and Sam Skinner, 19, of Mount Pleasant Road, will be sentenced on September 27.

The following teenagers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder for which they were sentenced. These were Kesley Searle, 18, of London Road, St Leonards, who received a 24-month community order, a thinking skills course, a non-contact order and an exclusion order, 19-year-old Jack Tyler, of Grove Road, who got a 24-month community order, alcohol counselling, a non-contact order and an exclusion order, 18-year-old Luke Francis, of Warrior Square, St Leonards, who received an 18-month youth rehabilitation order with an intensive surveillance and supervision order, a non-contact order and an exclusion order, and 19-year-old Luke Stock, of George Street, who was given a 24-month community order, 140 hours unpaid work, a non-contact order and an exclusion order.

Ollie Petersen, 21, of Seven Acre Close, who was earlier found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, received a 24-month community order, 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, 300 hours of unpaid work, a non-contact order and an exclusion order.

Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien said: “This violent incident was planned by two groups of young men and involved the use of knives and weapons. Most of them have been on remand in prison since their arrests in November and I welcome the sentences passed today by Judge Rennie which focuses on their rehabilitation.

“The sentencing allows partner agencies, including probation, housing and youth services, to apply greater controls measures over these individuals when they are released back into the community. We remain committed to reducing reoffending and the conditions imposed, in addition to the sentencing today, will provide a joint framework to assist agencies.

“There can be no excuse for carrying offensive weapons and knives in public. Sussex Police will robustly investigate such matters, seeking to prosecute where possible.”