TWO women ended up unconscious during a "quite terrifying" drunken fight at a North Yorkshire pub, York Crown Court was told.

Empty beer barrels were thrown, with one glancing off the head of a doorman at the Blackamoor Head in Finkle Street, Selby, said Lucy Brown, prosecuting.


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She said the late night brawl broke out in the pub’s back yard during Halloween celebrations last October 29.

James Michael Turner, 27, of Almond Tree Avenue, Carlton, Goole, was jailed for a total of 36 months after pleading guilty to affray, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and assaulting a female police officer.

Joseph William Mowbray, also 27, of Vale Crescent, Knottingley, was given a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and also ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, after pleading guilty to affray.

Recorder Nicholas Barker said the violence which broke out had been “disgraceful”, with empty beer barrels thrown around, and it had been “quite terrifying to those who witnessed it”.

He said a woman had become unconscious and had to be taken to hospital for an X-ray and CT scan, and for glass to be removed from her feet. Another woman had also become unconscious at one stage.

Lucy Brown said that at 1am, door staff became aware of men fighting in the back area and went to try to break it up but were hit. A beer barrel which glanced off the head of a doorman landed behind him.

At one stage, Turner kicked out, striking the shin of a female police officer called to the scene.

Lydia Carroll said in mitigation for Turner that he was a hard-working man - a roadworker - who had got himself involved in an affray which would ruin his life and who should be given credit for his guilty pleas.

She said his cocaine offences related to providing drugs to friends and he was not the leader of a huge drugs business.

Stephen Swan said in mitigation for Mowbray that he worked full-time for a glass manufacturer and was not a violent person, and he was remorseful and embarrassed. He accepted a “degree of involvement” in the affray, and had learnt his lesson the hard way.