Gang brought terror to Membury campsite


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Drug dealers jailed after attacking innocent holidaymaker with an iron bar, punching and kicking him

Members of a drugs gang have been jailed for attacking a ‘Good Samaritan’ who dared to intervene when they brought terror to a Membury caravan park.

The attackers had gone to the campsite in search of a user who owed them money but when they did not find him they started attacking his caravan.

Holidaymaker Martin Kendall left his own caravan to investigate the disturbance and suffered a broken jaw, which prevented him eating solid food for a month.

He was hit with an iron bar, punched and kicked in a brutal attack before the gang terrorised other tourists in a spree of vandalism in which they broke windows and slashed tyres.

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Three of the gang had come from Liverpool and teamed up with a woman from Somerset before moving to the farmer’s field at Membury in search of their intended victim.

Emma Wilkes, aged 26, of Whiting Lane, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Liam O’Callaghan, 20, Sean Martyn, 38, and Adam Smith, 18, all from Liverpool, all admitted affray.

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O’Callaghan and Martyn admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Wilkes was jailed for 14 months, Martyn for two years, O’Callaghan for two years and three months, and Smith, who was a youth at the time of the offences, was ordered to receive two years supervision.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told them:”The whole thing was pre-meditated. Another man got in the way and became the target of the violence. One of these men was armed with an iron bar and set about the wrong person.

“You all went to a remote rural farm looking for a man called Lee in relation to a drugs debt and O’Callaghan and Martyn attacked another man who had nothing to do with him at all.

“The victim happened to be staying at a caravan on the farm and he heard the noise and the violence and saw Wilkes attacking Lee’s girlfriend.

“He was kicked and his head was struck with an iron bar which broke his jaw and cause him great pain.”

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said Mr Kendall suffered weeks of pain during which he could not eat solid food and now suffers from anxiety, depression and migraines as a result of his ordeal.

He said the group broke car windows and slashed tyres before leaving the site.

Lawyers representing all four defendants said they had all had their own problems with drugs but were keen to reform their lives.

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