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Andrew Chamberlain jailed over parking row assault

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Image caption Andrew Chamberlain attacked a man in a row over parking spaces

A charity worker has been jailed for three years for breaking a man's arm with a scaffolding pole in a parking row.

Andrew Chamberlain, 50, hit Daniel Morgan with the 4ft bar, because he had parked near his home at Greenfield Terrace, Blackwood, Caerphilly county.

Cardiff Crown Court heard a parking shortage was a "contentious issue".

Chamberlain was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent at a previous hearing.

The court heard residents had agreed to only park outside their own homes on the street.

But when Chamberlain spotted Mr Morgan returning to his car after visiting a friend on the street, he became "abusive and threatening".

The court heard that Chamberlain had 42 previous convictions including making threats to kill in 2004.

'Turned life around'

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Image caption Greenfield Terrace, where the parking row erupted into violence

But James Evans, defending, said Chamberlain had turned his life around since committing his previous crimes and was looking after his mother, going to college and doing charity work.

Recorder Peter Griffiths told Chamberlain: "It is no pleasure for me to do the duty I have to perform.

"You have turned your life around in the past 10 years. I was immensely impressed by the testimonials submitted on your behalf."

But he said he had to follow sentencing guidelines and an immediate custodial sentence was inevitable.

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