Rothbury man guilty of assaults

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A Rothbury man has been convicted of four assaults.

John Angus, 26, of Jubilee Crescent, was found guilty of the attacks, at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court last week and was sentenced on Monday.

Angus left two men with severe facial injuries after the attacks on November 24.

The offences happened while Angus was out at the Railway Hotel pub in the village.

It started inside and then spilled out onto the street.

The court heard that the men were each assaulted twice by Angus and needed medical treatment.

On Monday, Angus was sentenced to a 12-month community order and a four-month curfew.

The terms of the curfew mean he will be tagged and is unable to go out between the hours of 7pm and 5.30am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to one victim and £500 to another.

Rothbury neighbourhood sergeant Graham Vickers said: “Incidents of violence are unusual in Rothbury and this sentence reflects the determination of the victims, witnesses and police to hold people to account for violent behaviour which will not be tolerated in our community.

“Police will continue to work with licensees to strengthen our collective resolve to address the exceptionally few incidents of drunken violence in Rothbury.”

Anyone affected by crime should contact police on 999 in an emergency and 101 if it is non-urgent or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.