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Four jailed, including convicted murderer, following Carlisle pub violence

The Cumberland Inn, where trouble flared on March 18 last year.
The Cumberland Inn, where trouble flared on March 18 last year.

[F]OUR men, including a convicted murderer, have been jailed for their violent conduct inside a Carlisle pub.

Tables and pool cues were broken, and chairs thrown, as trouble flared at the Cumberland Inn, Botchergate, just after midnight on March 18 last year. People were seen leaving the Botchergate bar bleeding after chaotic scenes, captured on CCTV, which later reduced the licensee to tears.

Six men were sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court having admitted charges of affray. They included Liverpool man Alan Hodgson. Described as a “central figure” in the disorder, 39-year-old Hodgson was jailed for life in 1997 for murder before release on licence in 2013.

He has been locked up for eight months for the Carlisle crime, as were three city men: Gary Christopher Green, 52, of Mayson Street; Christopher Callum Lowe, 30, of Baird Road; and Jonathan Anthony Wall, 40, of Stonegarth.

Jonathon O’Neill, 40, of Rimworth Drive, and Aaron Larmour, 28, of Barrington Street, both Manchester, were given suspended jail terms and unpaid work.

Each of the six men was barred from the Cumberland Inn for two years.

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