Six Preston men are in jail for their role in a fight in Blackburn.Advertisement
Two rival gangs had an ongoing dispute which boiled over into violence just before Christmas 2013.
On the evening of Saturday 14 December a group of 11 men arrived at an address in Kempton Rise, Blackburn, armed with golf clubs, hockey sticks and a shotgun.
During the disorder the shotgun was discharged on the street. After this the group dispersed in various vehicles resulting in multiple collisions. No one was injured.
Following a five week trial at Preston Crown Court the following convictions were handed out to the men.
Andrew Leigh, 26, of Old Lancaster Lane, Preston was sentenced to five years for possession of a firearm with intent and conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
Five Preston men were convicted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
Uwais Bagas, 25, of Watling Street Road, Fulwood was sentenced to two years and six months.
Faizal Ghani, 29, of Albert Terrace, Deepdale, was sentenced to two years and six months
Mohammed Mussa, 24, of Garstang Road, Fulwood, was sentenced to two years and six months
Sohail Patel, 33, of Blackpool Road, Plungington, was sentenced to four years.
Syed Razvi, 35, of Ashworth Grove, Frenchwood, was sentenced to two years and six months
Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton who led the investigation, said: “This has been an extremely complex and protracted investigation into an event which had significant impact on the local community.
“I am pleased with the sentences and they should send a clear message that we absolutely will not tolerate this sort of behaviour which makes people feel unsafe in their own homes and communities.”