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Man jailed for role in Carlisle betting shop violence

Coral bookmakers, Blackwell Road, Carlisle – scene of trouble involving Kane Hull on July 28.

[A] MAN involved in daytime violence inside a Carlisle betting shop has been locked up for 21 months.

Kane Hull, 24, was one of several men who burst into Coral bookmakers at the city’s Blackwell Road on the afternoon of July 28.

CCTV footage played at Carlisle Crown Court showed Hull and others pursuing a male, who was left with minor injuries. He had taken refuge inside the shop moments earlier.

Judge Peter Hughes QC was told how betting shop boss David Orr and deputy manager Andrew Murray bravely stepped between the two parties – as customers looked on – to prevent more serious violence.

Hull, previously of Springkell, Aspatria, was seen fleeing the premises armed with an “industrial aluminium winch and hook”. In court today (MON) he admitted charges of affray, possessing an offensive weapon and damaging a television in the shop.

His crimes occurred just a fortnight after he was released on licence from a 30-month prison term, imposed for previous city violence.

Judge Hughes said of the roles played by Mr Orr and Mr Murray: “They are very much to be commended for their intervention.”

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