Beds, Herts & Bucks

Man jailed for bike stab attack in Bedford

A man has been jailed for stabbing another in Bedford after he demanded a couple handed over his son's stolen bike.

Darren Howkins was also repeatedly kicked in the incident on Britannia Road in June, Luton Crown Court heard.

Alan Peach, 22, of Victoria Road, Bedford, who became involved in the attack, admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for four years.

Peach's brother and two others received suspended prison sentences.

Mr Howkins needed surgery for a knife wound near his shoulder blade.

Anthony Peach, 20, who admitted affray, was given an eight-month sentence suspended for 18 months, a 100-hour community punishment order and a curfew.

Their niece Charmaine Peach, 23, and her partner, Jason Baldwin, 21, who were both seen with the bike by Mr Howkins, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

She was given 12-month prison sentence and he a nine-month sentence, both suspended for 18 months.

All three are also of Victoria Road.

Uncles were 'frantic'

Prosecutor Natalie Carter said the "rare and expensive" bike had been stolen five months earlier.

Mr Howkins approached Charmaine and Baldwin, and Baldwin handed the bike over.

"Mr Howkins was cross and kept asking Baldwin why he had taken it," said Ms Carter.

The court heard that the Peach brothers arrived and Mr Howkins was kicked while on the ground and stabbed.

John Kearney, defending Alan Peach, said Charmaine had phoned the Peach brothers to claim she was being attacked, and referred to a group of 10 people.

"They were frantic and went to find her. Unknown to anyone else he took a knife with him to scare people off."

Judge John Bevan QC told them: "This was a quite disgraceful episode.

He told Charmaine Peach: "You bear some responsibility for hyping things up and getting the troops to gather as a result of which this man received this serious injury."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites