A father was murdered on New Year's Day after a dispute over a hare coursing bet between two traveller families, a court heard.Such lovely folks. It's good that we don't tolerate these practices, though, and that the forces of law and order stand ready to...
There was "pandemonium" outside Cambridge Crown Court this afternoon after bare-chested fighting broke out.
Police said the disorder involved 30 people – but witnesses claimed there were many more gathered on either side of East Road.
One witness told the News the incident began when one group dashed across the road and damaged a van parked outside the Grafton Centre car park.
"They were running between the cars after each other – it was horrendous," they said.
"There was shouting, yelling and scuffles all over the place. It's fair to say it was pandemonium."
People were also locked inside the court building while the trouble was dispersed.
The News reporter covering the case also reported that police had batons drawn, although they were not used.Of course not! Not with Professional Standards ready at their desks to receive a phone call....
Mark Mosley, 43, was today found guilty of the murder of father-of-four Jessie Smith, 36, on New Year's Day at a travellers' site in First Drove in Burwell.
Mosley killed Mr Smith with a shotgun blast, delivered at close range, to his back.Absolute scum. No-one could possibly find anything to commend in such a...
Detective Inspector Al Page, from the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who led the investigation, said: "The actions of Mark Mosley mean that four children will now have to grow up without their father and nothing can bring him back. However, I hope the result today provides Jessie's family with some comfort and allows them to continue re-building their lives.
"This has been a very difficult trial as Mosley broke every rule of traveller culture, in which disputes are resolved by a fair fight between individuals, without resorting to the use of weapons.
"He armed himself with a sawn-off shotgun and started firing it at members of the Smith group indiscriminately. We are extremely lucky his actions did not lead to the death of more than one person."Are we, DI Page? Are we really?
H/T: CJ Nerd via email