Terrifying brawl erupts in JD Sports as scared children hide behind parents

Footage of the brawl has now emerged which shows the incident and terrified shoppers at the sports chain. Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19, and another man, were all involved in the brawl

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A shocking brawl erupted in a branch of JD Sports as scared children cowered behind their parents.

Weapons including a baton was brandished, and mannequins and shop furniture were also used in the attack.

Three men have previously been sentenced up for their part in the fracas at the store at the Fort Retail Park in Greater Manchester.

Footage of the brawl has now emerged which shows incident which terrified shoppers at the sports chain, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19, and another man, were all involved in the attack in the shop.

Murray swung a baton directly towards a man in the store, before turning his attention to another man who used a rack of clothes to defend himself.

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Their co-defendant appeared to throw a bottle of water on another two men, before one victim picked up a furniture pole which he brandished at Murray.

Gordon was then seen to throw the furniture rack and pick up and throw a mannequin, with the third defendant pulling the arm of a mannequin to use as a club.

The defendant swung it at one of the other group, who had armed himself in a similar manner.

Murray was then seen brandishing the retractable baton.

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Several customers had to take refuge at the back of the store, Manchester Crown Court heard.

In a written statement, the floor manager at JD Sports said: “This was the first Saturday opening since Covid.

“We were extremely busy and the store had lots of children in with their parents, many of these ran away from the fight, hiding behind their parents.

“At one point, a father is holding an approximate one year old daughter in his hands, as one of the victims brushes past him, attempting to move away from the attack.

CCTV stills of a brawl in JD Sports at Manchester Fort Shopping Park


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“As much as I’ve seen fights in the past, this incident has left me shook up.

“It makes me worry about my staff and customers as it’s not something they should be seeing.”

About £4,100 worth of damage was caused by the incident.

Sentencing the men, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said: “How unpleasant it must have been for these children and their parents to witness the yobbish behaviour you were involved in.

“There were children there who were clearly very scared at what was happening.

Three men were sentenced last month for their part in the ugly fracas


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“Serious fear and distress was caused to these people in the shop.”

Gordon, of Crumpsall, was jailed for 22-and-a-half months after pleading guilty to criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and affray.

Murray, of Salford, was jailed for 20 months for the same offences.

Another man who admitted affray, received a 26 month community order.

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