Six St Austell men sentenced for 'sickening' mass brawl

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Six men involved in a mass brawl in Cornwall have all been given custodial sentences.

Truro Crown Court was told baseball bats, a pickaxe handle and a hammer were used in the battle in March in St Austell's Par Market car park.

John Hicks, David Pearce, James Adrien, Liam Adrien, Philip Banbury and Zachary Surgey all admitted affray.

The men, all from the St Austell area, were sent to prison, into youth custody and to a young offenders' institution.

A witness told the court the fight has been like an "action movie".

The judge, Recorder Michael Hubbard QC told the defendants their behaviour in a public place had been outrageous and described the brawl as a "sickening spectacle".

John Hicks, 27, of Biscovey and David Pearce, 24, of St Blazey, were each jailed for 12 months.

James Adrien, 20, of Higher Bugle and Liam Adrien, 18, of St Blazey, were each sent to youth custody for 12 months.

Eighteen-year-old Philip Banbury, of Higher Bugle and Zachary Surgey, 17, of Par, were each sentenced to eight months in a young offenders' institution.

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