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VIDEO: Duo sentenced for brutal Blackburn street attack

Andrew McDermott and Sean Jarvis

[T]wo men have been jailed following a violent street assault in Blackburn which left three people injured – one seriously.

Sean Jarvis, 28, of Hollin Bridge Street, Blackburn and Andrew McDermott, 22, of Scotland Bank Terrace, Blackburn, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday (July 28).

The pair had been arrested following reports of an altercation in Darwen Street on May 20.

Around 4.30am, Jarvis was seen punching, kicking and stamping on three men aged 40, 33 and 29.

McDermott was also involved, helping Jarvis during the assault. The full incident was captured on a CCTV camera.

Two of the men were knocked unconscious, with one of the victims treated for a bleed on the brain.

Police attended the scene and quickly arrested Jarvis, charging him with affray, Section 18 grievous bodily harm and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

McDermott had made off from the area following the attack but was later arrested by detectives when he appeared at Jarvis’s first court hearing – dressed in the same top he wore during the incident.

McDermott was later charged with affray and assault.

The pair pleaded guilty, with Jarvis sentenced to eight years and four months in prison with a further five years on licence. McDermott was given an 18 month sentence.

Det Con Tom Wignall, of Blackburn CID, said: “This was a shocking, violent and unprovoked attack.

“The CCTV footage of the assault is some of the worst I have seen in my time as a police officer.

“Jarvis carried out a brutal and sustained attack, leaving three men prone on the floor. McDermott was heavily involved, assisting Jarvis.

“The three victims all suffered varying injuries, with the man with the bleed on the brain injury still suffering the impact of this assault to this day.

“Jarvis and McDermott are clearly dangerous offenders who showed a reckless disregard for the men they attacked. Sickeningly, Jarvis kicked out twice towards the heads of two of the men as they lay defenceless on the floor. His actions were utterly abhorrent.

“We welcome the sentences imposed and hope they serve as a warning to others that such crime will not be tolerated. We will find you, you will be arrested and you will face a lengthy prison sentence.”

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