Five men from Bradford have been sentenced to a total of over 37 years in prison in connection with a violent incident in Skegness last March.
Thomas Barraclough (20) of Bradford Lane, Nadeem Sheikh (29), of Roundhill Place, and Jamil Sheikh (24), of Westlands Drive, Allerton, were sentenced to 12 years, 10 1/2 years and 9 years respectively after pleading guilty to GBH with intent.
Zakir Hussain (30) of Wheatlands Crescent, and Mathew James (26) of Newark Street, received sentences of 33 months and 38 months respectively for violent disorder.
Barraclough also pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of heroin and crack cocaine, with intent to supply.
The five men had travelled from the Bradford area to Skegness where they broke into a flat in South Parade, around 4.25pm on Saturday March 7 and attacked two men.
An 18 year-old suffered a wound to the groin that resulted in severe arterial bleeding and a 23 year-old suffered two broken bones and lacerations.
The assailants left the scene in a Ford Focus. Shortly after 5pm that afternoon, a car matching the description was seen on the A16 at Ulceby Cross and police officers deployed a stinger to halt it near Burwell and arrested the men.
DI Richard Myszczyszyn said: “This organised crime gang was seeking to establish a drug dealing business in Skegness and were not afraid to use extreme violence to achieve their aim. Thomas Barraclough came to Skegness with the purpose of making a profit from the misery of Class A drugs in our town and his actions, and those of his associates very nearly cost a young man his life.
“Cases like this, although not common, can be very complex but excellent teamwork – from the initial stop and arrest through to the solid investigation by the team of specialist detectives - has resulted in this outcome and removed five dangerous individuals from the streets.
“The significant sentences received will, I am sure, act as a strong deterrent to those who intend to commit violence and illustrates that such violence will not be tolerated in the towns and villages of Lincolnshire”.
Sentencing the five, His Honour Judge Pini said: “This is an extremely serious and grave matter; this court will not tolerate it”.