'Feral' Richards siblings sentenced for Plymouth attack

Five siblings acted like a "feral pack" when they attacked a neighbouring family in Plymouth, a court has heard.

The Richards clan, consisting of three sisters and two brothers, admitted violent disorder against Dean Mewton and his family in November 2010.

Joseph Richards, 20, of Southway, Plymouth, was sentenced to 56 weeks in a young offenders institution.

The four others - aged between 17 and 32 - received suspended jail terms, unpaid community work and curfews.

'Family from hell'

At Plymouth Crown Court, Judge Paul Darlow also imposed restraining orders keeping the Richards siblings away from Alger Walk in Southway for five years.

"This was an attack in which the Richards behaved as a feral pack," Judge Darlow said.

The court was told victim Dean Mewton, 55, suffered a double jaw fracture in the attack.

Outside the court, Mr Mewton said: "They're the family from hell... they think they're above the law, but they are not."

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