Friends locked up for punching and kicking pair outside town pub

Police outside Wilmcote House, Portsmouth

Residents had to be signed in to Portsmouth flat block after police incident

  • Men were making nuisances of themselves in pub
  • One followed two victims before fight broke out
  • Judge jails both for ‘sustained and repeated assault’
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TWO friends have been jailed after a fight outside a pub that left two men injured.

Jordan McClure was ‘spoiling for a fight’ after drinking for hours with pal Simon Allen and family at the Parchment Makers pub in Havant town centre.

What then occured was, as shown on the CCTV, a sustained and repeated assault

Judge Roger Hetherington

McClure was acting in an arrogant way inside the pub and was warned by a local before being ejected, according to witnesses prosecutor Robert Bolton said.

CCTV footage played at Portsmouth Crown Court showed how McClure followed two men and a fight broke out.

Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘It’s quite plain from the witness evidence in this case that you have been making a nuisance of yourselves and certainly you McClure had been spoiling for a fight.

‘You were told to calm down and eventually you were asked to leave, so you had been given a clear warning about your behaviour.’

He added: ‘There may have been a remark or remarks between the two of you and two of them.’

The judge said: ‘What then occurred was, as shown on the CCTV, a sustained and repeated assault to which you and Allen then contributed which involved a number of punches and kicks.’

McClure fought the two men, with Allen joining in after seeing his friend was fighting.

Allen and McClure both assaulted Ian Clarke, while McClure also attacked Nicholas Jones.

Victim Mr Clarke suffered visible marks on his face, with a significant mark on his eyebrow.

He was forced to take three weeks off work.

He no longer goes out drinking with friends and family,’ Mr Bolton said.

And the Mr Jones suffered a scar on his eyebrow in the assault on February 7.

Anthony Bailey, defending both Allen and McClure, said the latter was saddened by his own behaviour and that Allen, a father, had been impulsive in the fight.

Allen, 20, of Queens Road, Petersfield, admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 10 months.

He has four previous convictions for five offences.

McClure, 21, of Woodbourne Close, Liss, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 16 months.

He already has 11 convictions for 30 offences.