Gatecrasher who lashed out at guests handed fine and community work

The Southgate in Boutport Street. Picture: Google

The Southgate in Boutport Street. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

A gatecrasher lashed out at guests after being thrown out of a private party at a pub in Barnstaple.

Bradley Campbell and a friend ignored a closed sign on the door of The Southgate bar in Boutport Street and walked in to order a couple of drinks.

They chatted with guests for about six minutes before the hosts realised they had not been invited and asked them to leave.

The party included children as young as six who were shocked when Campbell’s friend started shouting four-lettered abuse, leading to both men being forcibly ejected.

Town centre CCTV showed Campbell knocking over a table outside the pub in the ensuing scuffle and then aiming a flurry of punches at guests.

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Campbell, aged 23, of Broomfield Road, Barnstaple, admitted affray and was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work and pay £1,200 costs by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.

Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, said there was a private party at the pub on the evening of January 12 last year and a sign on the door said it was closed.

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The two men went in together at about 9.15pm when there were still children present. CCTV showed them chatting and shaking hands with guests before they were asked to leave.

Further footage from a camera in Boutport Street showed a group including the two men spilling out into the street where Campbell was filmed throwing punches at those around him.

Warren Robinson, defending, said Campbell had not realised it was a private party because the sign on the door was quite small.

He had not used bad language inside the pub or started the violence but had gone beyond lawful self defence when he reacted to being thrown out.

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