THREE men involved in a savage attack which left a village pub spattered with blood as innocent 18th birthday party revellers cowered in fear have been jailed.
Masked men armed themselves with machetes and baseball bats and burst into the Oddfellows Arms, in Haswell, near Peterlee, after a fallout between rival groups.
Michael Metcalfe, from Hartlepool, was jailed for more than three years for his part in the attack.
The attackers, who wore balaclavas and dark clothes, set upon Robert Mawson, 40, who was targeted over an unsettled debt, cutting his left forearm to the bone with a samurai-type sword as he tried to defend himself.
Mr Mawson was not visiting the pub as part of the birthday party.
Three other men were hurt, including a 46-year-old man who was left fighting for his life after his skull was fractured with a baseball bat.
Metcalfe, 24, of West View Road, Hartlepool, was one of three men in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court charged with playing a part in the attack.
He was sent to prison for three-and-a-half years after admitting conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to others on April 10, last year.
A warrant is still out for a fourth man charged with being involved in the same incident, Scott Fletcher, 27, of Kilmory Walk, Hartlepool, who has been missing since May 11.
Lewis Jeavons, 21, of Durham Road, Consett, and Eugene Sweeney, 25, of Kingston, Carlisle, also admitted conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm on the same date.
Jeavons was sentenced to four years in jail, while Sweeney was jailed for three-and-a-half years.