Tyne & Wear

Three jailed over Willington Quay street shooting

Terry March, Michael Curran, Philip Croney
Image caption Terry March, Michael Curran and Philip Croney were arrested on Merseyside

Three men have been jailed after a man was shot in a Tyneside street.

Paul Borg, 25, suffered wounds to his leg in Willington Quay, North Tyneside, in August 2010.

In April, Terry March and Michael Curran, both 30, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Philip Croney, 22, admitted conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

At Newcastle Crown Court, March and Croney were given 11-year sentences and Croney a 21-month sentence.

Northumbria Police said the shooting was the result of long-running disputes between the group.

March, of no fixed abode, Curran, of Edwin Grove, Wallsend, and Croney, of Balmoral Street, Wallsend, were arrested on Merseyside.

'Reckless violence'

Borg, of Quay View, Willington Quay, made a full recovery after the shooting. He pleaded guilty to affray and is yet to be sentenced.

Stephen Blackwell, 23, of Rothbury Gardens, Wallsend, also admitted affray and was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years.

Det Ch Insp Max Black, of Northumbria Police, said: "We will not have armed people venting their anger on our streets, shooting people and putting many others, including young children, at risk of injury or worse.

"Armed fights on our streets are thankfully rare in the Northumbria Police area and we believe the substantial sentences handed down today shows that the court seeks to protect the public from this type of reckless violence."

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