Man jailed for attack on Lake District duck feeder

Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere Image copyright Google
Image caption The attack happened near the shore of Windermere

A man has been jailed for attacking a teenager who was feeding ducks at a Lake District beauty spot.

Joseph Martin, 18, was handing out bread to birds at Bowness-on-Windermere last April when he was "savagely beaten", Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Father-of-three Carl Ward, 34, stepped in after his then-pregnant wife tackled Mr Martin over perceived littering.

Ward, of Greengarth, Workington, admitted wounding and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

The court was told Ward stuck thumbs into the throat and eye of the 18-year-old, before punching him several times.

Mr Martin's multiple injuries included a lip gash which needed almost a dozen stitches.

Judge Peter Davis told Ward: "You have to go into custody.

"People must know that violence in public cannot be tolerated."

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