Youth gang clash: court sentences six

Two young men and five youths appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing yesterday in connection with an incident in Downham Market earlier this year involving rival gangs of youths armed with baseball bats.

Two young men and five youths appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing yesterday in connection with an incident in Downham Market earlier this year involving rival gangs of youths armed with baseball bats.

The EDP reported in January how a gang of youths from King's Lynn travelled to Downham Market by train to meet another gang from the town for a confrontation, but on arrival were faced by a group of men.

Yesterday seven people appeared at the crown court for sentencing. Two of the men, Ian Stafford, 25, of Broomhill, Downham Market, and Anthony Howard, 20, formerly of Leete Way, West Winch, now of Hillington Square, King's Lynn, and four youths aged 16 and 17 appeared after admitting affray.

A fifth youth admitted using threatening behaviour and was sent back to the youth court for sentencing. The youths cannot be named for legal reasons.

Stafford, who also admitted another affray at his home on July 18, was given a total of

12 months in prison suspended for two years, a six-month curfew from 7pm-6am and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work. Howard was given 250 hours unpaid community work.

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A 16-year-old youth was given a supervision order for 18 months and reparation work for the community for nine months.

Two 17-year-olds were given a community rehabilitation order for 18 months and 200 hours community work, and another

17-year-old was given 200 hours unpaid community work.