Weekends in jail for man who threw bottle

A MAN involved in incidents at two Longridge pubs has been ordered to spend his weekends in jail.

John Hayhurst, 24, of Whittingham Road, Longridge, was sentence to 168 days intermittent custody after he admitted an assault charge and a further offence of affray at Preston Crown Court.

Judge Robert Brown said the offences were so serious that only a jail sentence could be justified.

But taking into account Hayhurst's good work record, he said the sentence would be served at weekends.

Hayhurst admitted being involved in incidents at the Forrests Arms pub and The Dog Inn, Longridge.

As reported in last week's News two other men, Hayhurst's elder brother Paul of Warwick Street, Longridge, and Craig Nuttall, 22 of Acregate Lane, Preston, also admitted involvement in the assault charge.

Hayhurst senior was given a 12 month community rehabilitation order and Nuttall 200 hours community punishment.

They were sentenced at an earlier hearing, which heard Hayhurst junior had been involved in an altercation inside the Forrests Arms and an affray at the Dog Inn.

The altercation inside the Forrests Arms was followed by violence outside and the victim of the attack being taken to hospital for treatment for cuts and bruises.

The affray took place at the Dog Inn when landlord John Naismith mistook John Hayhurst for his brother Paul, who was barred from the pub.

Hayhurst took issue at being asked to leave and threw a bottle.

Richard Hunt, defending John Hayhurst, said since November 2003 his client had led a law abiding life, reduced his drinking considerably and had changed his social habits.

The judge told him his behaviour in the pub could not be tolerated and the landlord was only doing what he believed to be his public duty.

The judge said he regarded the matter as serious enough for a custodial sentence, but took into account the fact that the offences were old and that Hayhurst now had a job and responsibilities.

The intermittent custody order was passed so Hayhurst could keep his job and serve his sentence at weekends.