27th Oct, 2016

Car ploughed into fighting crowd

Evesham Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A GROUP of Evesham teenagers have been hit with curfews for their role in a large scale disorder which broke out in the town centre.

The incident happened outside the Ambassador Snooker Club just after 3am on April 26 last year when police said numerous fights broke out by the front of the Avon Street site before a Vauxhall Astra was driven at speed towards a large

group of people.

On Monday, December 22 Worcester Magistrates Court heard up to 40 people were involved in the fracas after tension had been caused between two groups inside the club earlier in the night.

As people started leaving, a fight broke out before the black Astra came speeding up the kerb and ploughed into the group, which knocked two people over the bonnet and onto the floor.

The victims were not seriously injured.

As the vehicle drove off Connor Green, of St Wulstans Close, Shane Reeve, of Coronation Street, Russell Taylor, of Falkland Road, and a 17-year-old from the town saw the incident so chased after the car, the court was also told.

The driver, who is still being sought by police, then ran from the vehicle so the group of four ‘substantially damaged’ the car by smashing the windows, throwing objects at it and kicking and punching it, the court heard.

Sam Lamsdale, defending Green, Taylor and the youth, said: “The car was driving at speed down that street, it mounted the kerb and ploughed into the crowd and hit two people who were thrown over the bonnet of the car and thrown onto the floor.

“Fortunately they weren’t seriously injured but at that time those four lads saw the people knocked over by this car and that is why they ran after the vehicle.

“They were very angry that it had just ploughed into the crowd.

“I watched the CCTV and it was quite shocking watching this car just ploughing into the group.”

Green, Reeve, Taylor and the 17-year-old all pleaded guilty to criminal damage, with Reeve and the youth also admitting breaching an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

They were all handed four-week curfews to run between 9pm and 7am, although Taylor’s was adjusted to 11.30pm to 7am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday due to work commitments.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “I am prepared to accept other people, not yourselves, were involved in starting what happened on this particular night.

“I am also prepared to accept it may well be the driver of the car behaved inappropriately, I am not going to say any more than that because he hasn’t been charged with anything yet.

“That is what you saw and caused you to lose your tempers, but of course you had all had a drink and it was 3am in the morning so they are all aggravating features.”

Green, Reeve and Taylor were also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £60. The youth was told to pay court costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.