Stag do trip to the races ended up in mass railway station brawl (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Two groups of "drunken yobs" clashed at Northallerton railway station
A STAG do day out at the races ended in a mass brawl at a railway station, a court heard.
Shocked passengers dived for cover as the five minute-long fracas spilled across a platform at Northallerton, in North Yorkshire.
Prosecutor Dan Cordey described how three men, Kevin Winspear, Michael Arnell and Robert McKie, all from Hartlepool, fought with father and son Gary and Daniel Watson and one of their friends.
The Hartlepool group had been on a stag do at Thirsk races on August 4 last year. The Watsons had also been at the races and there were tensions between the two groups on the train.
CCTV showed how after both groups alighted, Winspear punched Daniel Watson. McKie aimed a kick at Watson junior while he was on the ground, while Gary Watson, who had intervened on behalf of his son, threw a punch of his own, was knocked clean out by Winspear and left prostrate on the ground.
Richard Herrman, for Winspear - McKie's brother - said he accepted he had thrown the first punch without justification and it had “snowballed” from there.
Barristers for all five men said their behaviour had been out of character and they were generally hard working with family responsibilities.
McKie, 33, of Avondale Gardens, Winspear, 29, of Sinclair Road, and Arnell, 31, of Duncan Road, all Hartlepool, admitted affray and were given 16 month jail sentences, suspended for two years, and made subject to four month long overnight curfews. They will also pay £722 court costs each.
Daniel Watson, 24, of Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden, who admitted using threatening words or behaviour, was given a 12 month community order, 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 court costs.
His father Gary, 52, of Cragside Close, Spennymoor, admitted assault by beating, and was fined £250 with court costs.