Pub and club ban for violent Accrington women

TWO women involved in ‘dreadful’ violence at an Accrington pub have both been banned from pubs and clubs everywhere that sell alcohol.

Lauren Brooks, 27, had kicked victim Donna Parkinson repeatedly in the head after she had been brought to the ground in the trouble.

Grandmother and mother-of-two Cheryl Erangey, 38, had pulled at her hair and shouted encouragement to her co-defendant. They were both spared jail at Burnley Crown Court after the melee at the Imperial in January.

Judge Andrew Woolman, who had heard a trial over the facts of the case, said all parties had been drunk. He told the hearing the fight had started in the pub and continued outside and everyone was responsible for it beginning, including the complainant and probably many others.

The hearing was told how Ms Parkinson suffered a gash to her lip and had been left with permanent loss of sensation.

Brooks, of Dill Hall Lane, Accrington, said to have a drink problem, had admitted unlawful wounding. She was given a nine-month jail term, suspended for two years, with 12 months’ supervision, a six-month alcohol treatment programme and 100 hours’ unpaid work. She was banned from all on-licence premises for nine months.

Erangey, of Stevenson Street West, Accrington, had pleaded guilty to affray. She received a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, with 12 months' supervision and 80 hours unpaid work. She is not allowed on any on-licence premises for six months. Both defendants have previous convictions for assault.

Sentencing, Judge Woolman told the defendants: “I’m sure if it was one of you two, you would be extremely angry and probably demanding vengeance against the people who had done it.”

He told Brooks an immediate custodial sentence might be very crushing for her and he was prepared, but only just, to suspend it.

He said: “Whether the victim feels that I have done justice, I don't know.”

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