Pool room punch-up at Padiham pub: court

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A pool room punch up spilled into the rest of a pub and continued in a beer garden where a man was seriously injured, a court was told.

Three men involved in the fight at The New Black Bull, Padiham, were due to stand trial on charges of wounding and violent disorder at Burnley Crown Court, but brothers James and William Exton and their friend Steven Brown pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of affray before the jury was sworn.

The court was told a fight started in the pool room when William Exton (18) made comments to Daniel Sharples, who walked round the pool table and butted him.

James Exton (27) then joined in, as did Steven Brown (26). The melee continued into the main bar, and Daniel Sharples was excluded from the pub.

The action then moved to the beer garden, where the Extons’ group had gone. Scuffles continued and James Exton was attacked.

Grandfather Ivan Sharples (50), the court was told, was seen to then enter the beer garden.

He was seen to go towards where others were fighting and to throw a punch at William Exton. Ivan Sharples was injured in the action and knocked to the floor. He was taken in a coma to hospital.

All three defendants will be sentenced when they appear before Judge Andrew Woolman at Preston Crown Court on September 6th.

William Exton, of Thames Avenue, Burnley, who has just joined the Army, and James Exton, of Hargrove Avenue, Burnley, were remanded on bail. Brown, of Warwick Drive, Padiham, was remanded in custody.