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Video: Six convicted after shocking footage shows violence at Wickham horse fair

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MEMBERS of two families have admitted being involved in a mass brawl at Wickham Horse Fair.

Catapults and a baton were wielded, and kicks and punches were thrown in the display of violence in front of shocked onlookers.

Now six people – two from one family and four from another – have admitted various charges in relation to the fight.

The violence that took place in Winchester Road in Wickham was captured on CCTV by the RSPCA who had attended the event on the look-out for any potential animal cruelty.

But instead their camera caught the lengthy brawl, which continued even 
as police arrived and tried to restore order.

Several of the defendants were left bloodied or with ripped clothing following the brawl which involved Esta Keet, 52, Ricky Keet, 24, James Albert Kempster, 27, James Kempster senior, 40, Horace Kempster, 20, and Albert Kempster, 19.

The dramatic footage shows a member of the Keet family – David – standing in the street when a member of the Kempster family aims a catapult at him and he is knocked to the ground.

The pair appear to tussle before James Kempster senior approaches Mr Keet brandishing a whip.

Matthew Lawson, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘Esta then extends an asp (baton), and uses it to hit down on James Kempster who is assaulting her husband David.’

Ricky Keet can be seen firing a catapult which hits Horace Kempster in the face. Three police officers then intervene and split up David Keet and James Kempster.

Mr Lawson added: ‘Horace Kempster returns and launches a kick at the head of Mr Keet who is lying on the floor.’

Esta Keet can again be seen using the asp, this time to hit Horace Kempster.

Elsewhere a catapult is aimed by Ricky Keet towards James Kempster senior.

Esta Keet again strikes out with the asp, then another man – David Digger Keet – strikes James Kempster as he is detained by police, before being detained by officers on May 20 last year.

Esta Keet, of Long Road, Soberton, admitted possessing an offensive weapon. Ricky Keet, of the same address, admitted one count of assault occasioning actually bodily harm.

Albert Kempster, of Marchwood Road, Totton, admitted assault.

Horace Kempster, of the same address, admitted affray.

James Kempster junior, 27, also of Marchwood Road, Totton, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and his dad, James Kempster senior, of the same address, admitted ABH.

Recorder Nicholas Rowland released all six defendants on conditional bail to reappear at Portsmouth Crown Court for sentencing next month.

David Digger Keet, 28, of Long Road, Soberton, admitted one count of assault during an earlier hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £300 costs.

 

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