Stoke & Staffordshire

Three jailed after Stoke-on-Trent house rammed by lorry

Patrick Maughan, Frederick Price and Thomas Maughan Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Patrick Maughan, Frederick Price and Thomas Maughan intended to intimidate a family

Three men have been jailed after a stolen lorry was repeatedly rammed into a house while children were sleeping "as part of an ongoing feud".

The home on Broadfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent, suffered "significant damage" in November 2015.

The house was "specifically targeted" as part of an ongoing feud between families from the travelling community, police said.

Six vehicles parked in the road, in the Goldenhill area, were also damaged.

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Image caption The attack caused extensive damage to the home in Stoke-on-Trent

Police said at the time of the attack, the lorry was in convoy with at least two other vehicles.

Six people have been sentenced for their involvement in the matter.


The sentences:

  • Patrick Maughan, 37, of Leonard Street, St Helens, Merseyside. Admitted conspiracy to commit criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life. Jailed for three years and two months and given five-year restraining order
  • Thomas Maughan, 31, of Leonard Street, St Helens, Merseyside. Admitted conspiracy to commit criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life. Jailed for three years and two months and given five-year restraining order
  • Eileen Price, 49, of Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent. Admitted conspiracy to commit criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life. Sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, given a five-year restraining order and curfew for six months
  • Frederick Price, 52, Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent. Admitted conspiracy to commit criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life. Jailed for three years and two months
  • Ian Lloyd, 31, from Long Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire. Admitted conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. Sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years
  • Nathan Ward, 28, Cledford Lane, Middlewich. Admitted conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. Sentenced to a 12-month community order
Image caption The scene on Broadfield Road after the attack in 2015

An investigation found the stolen skip loader was abandoned within a few minutes in Cotton Road.

Det Sgt Adrian Webb, who led the investigation, said: "This attack was extensively and carefully planned to intimidate a local family.

"That family, including their three children, were in bed when their house was rammed - not once but seven times by a very large lorry.

"It was sheer luck that no one was injured when the lorry damaged the house."

The six were sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Thursday and Friday.

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