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Brutal fight erupted in prison between gangs from Manchester and Liverpool, court hears; One inmate was knocked unconscious as Mancunians and Scousers tore into each other.

Byline: John Kelly

A brutal fight erupted in prison between gangs from Manchester and Liverpool, a court heard.

One inmate was knocked unconscious as Mancunians and Scousers tore into each other.

Fifteen men were charged with affray at Hindley Prison in Wigan. Many have been moved to other jails.

Andrew Mackintosh, prosecuting, told Bolton crown court the riot began as Liverpool lags collected their dinners on F Wing.

It happened in an area with a servery for two landings known as Douglas and Noble.

"Those on the Noble side principally came from Liverpool. Those on the Douglas side were principally from Manchester," he said.

One inmate, Jack Fawcett, was knocked out after being punched and stamped near some pool tables before warders restored order.

CCTV images showed Liverpudlians Peter Crabb, 19, Jake Higgins, 22, Kurtis Mackie, 21, and Charlie Fletcher, 22, involved.

Crabb, who is serving nine years for firearms A-offences, was given another eight months.

Higgins and Fletcher also got eight months. Mackie was given a four-month suspended sentence.

Several former Hindley inmates from Greater Manchester, who have also admitted charges of affray in May 2016, will be sentenced on March 2.

All 15 men involved were initially accused of violent disorder before the charges were changed to affray.

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Feb 11, 2018
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