Four jailed over Grimsby crossbow attack

Rod Woolliss, Adrian Francis and Ashley Meadows
Image caption Rod Woolliss (left) Adrian Francis (centre) and Ashley Meadows (right) were sentenced at Hull Crown Court together with a 17-year-old boy

Three men and a teenager involved in an attack in which the victim was shot in the head with a crossbow bolt have been jailed for more than 20 years.

Rod Woolliss, Adrian Francis, Ashley Meadows and a 17-year-old all pleaded guilty to their roles in the attack which happened in Grimsby on 7 July.

The victim was assaulted in Corporation Road and shot with a crossbow while unconscious, Humberside Police said.

The four, from Grimsby, were sentenced at Hull Crown Court.

Sentences 'deterrent'

The victim was seriously injured and was treated at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

Woolliss, 22, of Millom Way, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, violent disorder and attempted grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Francis, 25, of Corporation Road, was jailed for six years and two months after admitting violent disorder and attempted grievous bodily harm.

Meadows, 27, of Haven Avenue, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to three years and six months in jail.

The 17-year-old was sentenced to eight months detention after he pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Det Sgt Ian Potter said: "This type of group disorder with the use of weapons is not common in the local area.

"I hope the sentences issued will act as a deterrent to others who would seek to act in groups and use weapons against others."

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