Peterlee twins locked up for attacking man with broom handle

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TWINS who chased a man through a shop and attacked him with a broom handle have each been locked up.

Jordan and Jason Longworth, 20, were locked up by a judge at Durham Crown Court for the assault on Scott Banks.

The court heard there is a history of ill-feeling between the Longworths and Mr Banks.

“He was on foot taking his child to the nursery,” said Chris Baker, prosecuting.

“One of the Longworths went past in a car.

“Mr Banks feared there may be trouble so he decided to take a different route home.”

The court was told both Longworths arrived in a car and gave chase to their victim on foot.

“They chased him into a Pondstretcher shop,” Mr Baker added. “Mr Banks ran through the shop, leaving by a fire exit.

“Unfortunately for him, he found himself in a yard surrounded by a perimeter fence.

“He was caught by the Longworths, hit with the broom handle and subjected to a flurry of punches and kicks.

“The Longworths left the scene, but later sent a text to Mr Banks saying they would run him out of town.”

Jordan Longworth, of Wasdale Close, and James Longworth, of Duddon Close, both Peterlee, each admitted committing assault occasioning actual bodily harm on February 25.

Jane Waugh, mitigating for both twins, said: “No weapon was taken to the scene, the broom handle was picked up in the shop.

“The injuries were relatively minor, scratches to the face, a black eye and a small eye injury.

“Both twins have been on remand since this offence and were hopeful of getting out before their 21st birthdays next month.”

Judge Neil Clark jailed Jordan Longworth for nine months, and James Longworth for 19 months, including 10 months from a previous suspended sentence.

The judge told them: “The two of you acting together chased your victim and assaulted him, one of you using a weapon.

“Whatever the background, there can be no excuse for what you did.”

The Longworths were made the subject of an indefinite restraining order banning them from Queensberry Road, Seaham, and banning them from approaching or contacting Scott Banks and Jody Crisp.