Attack was made in a 'moment of madness'

THREE Hebden Bridge men – one described as being "at the vanguard" of the assault – were among a gang of teenagers who pinned another young man against a wall and attacked him over a scratched car.

Tuesday, 16th March 2010, 8:22 am
Updated Friday, 19th March 2010, 11:05 am

Daniel Hartley, 19, Callum Willars, 19, Harry Lumley, 18, and Daniel Ames, 18, set upon 18-year-old Christopher Green when they heard he had damaged Hartley's vehicle, Bradford Crown Court heard.

They hunted him down in Sowerby Bridge, held him against a wall, and punched him. Hartley, who a judge described as "at the vanguard" of the assault, also headbutted the teen.

Their victim was left with a black eye and a fractured cheekbone after the attack, on April 3 last year.

Willars denied causing grievous bodily harm, but was found guilty at his trial. The other three admitted the offence.

Defence solicitors described the incident as "a moment of madness" for the young men, who have no previous convictions between them.

They were each sentenced to 12 months of community service and ordered to split a 1,600 compensation bill.

Hartley, of Wood Top Farm, Cragg Vale, and Willars, of Old Town Farm, Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge must complete 160 hours of unpaid work each.

Lumley, of The Travellers Rest, Steep Lane, Sowerby, must work 140 hours unpaid. All three were electronically-tagged with a 12-week curfew between 8pm and 5am.

Ames, of Stocks Gardens, Hebden Bridge, escaped a curfew because he helps with lambing at a farm. He must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Goss QC said: "Each of you has expressed remorse for your wrong-doing and I accept that your remorse is genuine.

"Though this was a serious and planned confrontation, none of you are troublemakers by nature and this is something you highly regret and are highly unlikely to repeat."