Newton Abbot tattoo convention security team jailed

Three doormen who attacked customers at a Devon tattoo convention they were "guarding" have been jailed.

Wayne Williams, 43, his 22-year-old son Darren and Richard Owens, 25, were hired as the security team for the annual Halloween convention at Newton Abbot Racecourse in 2011.

The father and son, of Pembrey, Burry Port and Owens, of Llandafen Road, Llanelli, admitted assault charges.

They were each jailed for five years and nine months at Exeter Crown Court.

The jury was told guests tried to intervene as the three doormen, wearing black T-shirts with Event Security written on the back, kicked and punched their two victims unconscious.

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The attack, described by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC as "brutal and dangerous", was recorded on CCTV.

Williams, Williams and Owens all admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to one man and wounding another.

Sentencing the men, Judge Gilbert told them they had been hired to stop violence rather than start it.

He said: "What you did was extremely violent. It was brutal and extremely dangerous and attempts by others to stop it were met by a continuation of the assault.

"The CCTV shows graphic, prolonged and intentional violence."

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