Worksop: Men admit part in mass street brawl

Portland Street, Worksop, scene of a mass brawl
Portland Street, Worksop, scene of a mass brawl

Four men from Worksop have admitted being part of a mass brawl in which police said it was lucky nobody was killed.

Thomas Brumpton, 26, of Rushey Close; Nicklas Cliff, 25, of Sime Street; Jake Cropley, 19, of Rufford Street; and Matthew White, 23, of Bracebridge Avenue all appeared at Worksop Magistrates’ Court.

All four were smartly dressed at the hearing on Thursday 15th May which saw them plead guilty to affray.

The court heard how, in the early hours of 12th October 2013, a fight broke out in Portland Street, Worksop, involving up to 20 men and women.

It involved two groups of people, one English and one Polish. And weapons like metal bars were seen to be used.

However, CCTV footage of the disorder has only resulted in these four prosecutions.

District Judge Diane Baker said: “I think you all deserve enormous credit for coming to court and entering guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity.”

“But understand that the court takes this case extremely seriously. It crosses the custody threshold and may still go to the crown court.”

“This was large scale violence with a large number of people involved. There were two groups of people from two different backgrounds. It is alleged that weapons were used and that it was planned.”

Sentencing was adjourned until 5th June so that Judge Baker could view the CCTV.

She said: “I don’t think one can sentence these young men fairly without watching that CCTV and having a clear breakdown of what each one was responsible for.”

She added that if racial aggravation was identified and proven, the case would be sent to the crown court.

Defence solicitors for all four defendants said they had viewed the CCTV footage, which captures more than 20 minutes of fighting, and could see no evidence of their clients using weapons.

Andrew Osborne, for Cliffe and White, said: “What I see on that CCTV is not only some very bad behaviour from my clients but also some good behaviour. They are actually seen protecting people by pushing the other men away from them.”