Gang jailed over Dorset ammonia attacks

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Image caption Clockwise from top left - Joe Warne, Reece Watkins, Piers Fox-Havilland, Dominic Barker and Alex Williams

A five-strong gang who committed "vicious and heinous acts" in Dorset including partially blinding two men, have been jailed.

Four from the London area and one from Christchurch were jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court for the attacks.

The gang's offences included robbery, violent disorder and weapons possession.

Two of the men threw a liquid, thought to be ammonia, at two victims who were each left blind in one eye.

'Permanently blind'

Joe Warne, 21 was sentenced to 20 years; Reece Watkins, 22, was sentenced to 18 years; Dominic Barker, 20, was given 16 years and Piers Fox-Havilland was jailed for 12 years.

They live in the London area and were also sentenced to 12 years for conspiracy to rob and eight for possession of imitation firearms to run concurrently.

Dorset Police said the gang were charged following a lengthy investigation following attacks in a number of locations including Boscombe and Christchurch.

Det Sgt Jamie Halford, of Bournemouth CID, said: "The defendants committed a number of vicious and heinous acts, which left two victims permanently blind in one eye."

Alex Williams, 22 from Christchurch, was given a 20-month sentence but failed to appear at court.

Dorset Police have appealed for anyone with information about him to contact them.

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