Moment when kids cringe behind their parents as villains pound each other with MANNEQUINS and clothes rails in JD Sports brawl
- Images show how criminals beat each other with shopping dummies and clothes rails
- Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19, and another man involved in a fight
- CCTV shows scared customers in JD Sports in Cheetham Hill, Manchester
- Three men convicted of crimes, including affray and criminal damage
This is the shocking moment when villains beat up with shop dummies in a brawl where children hide behind their parents.
Footage shows three men swinging clothes rails around the store and hitting each other with the arms of mannequins in a bitter row that caused around £4,100 in damage.
The fight, which broke out at a JD Sports facility in Fort Retail Park, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, involved Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19, and another man and they have all now been convicted.
The camera images showed the suspects with batons, shop furniture and mannequins as weapons.
Murray waved a stick directly at a man in the store, then turned his attention to another man who was using a clothes rack to defend himself.
A co-defendant then turns out to have thrown a bottle of water at another man before a victim picks up a furniture pole and waves it at Murray.
The brawl involved Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19, and another man with JD Sports in Fort Retail Park, Cheetham Hill, Manchester and the three men threw clothes rails and mannequins through the store in the frenzied attack
Then Gordon is seen tossing the furniture rack and picking up and throwing a mannequin.
The third defendant pulls on a mannequin’s arm to use as a cudgel and swings it at one of the other groups armed in the same way.
Murray is then seen brandishing the retractable baton, according to Manchester Evening News.
Gordon and Murray (pictured left and right) threw water at victims and used furniture racks and mannequins as weapons in the attack, causing terrified customers to take refuge in the back of the store
Terrified customers were forced to take refuge at the back of the store amid the violent brawl, Manchester Crown Court heard.
The JD Sports floor manager issued a written statement saying: “This was the first Saturday opening since Covid.
“We were extremely busy and the store had many children with their parents, many of them running away from the fight and hiding behind their parents.
“At one point, a father holds an approximately one-year-old daughter in his hands while one of the victims strokes past him and tries to get away from the attack.
“As much as I’ve seen fights in the past, this incident has shocked me.
“I worry about my staff and customers because it’s not something they should see.”
The JD Sports floor manager said in a written statement that he was “shaken” by the fight.
Judge Suzanne Goddard, QC, convicted at the Manchester Crown Court, said: ‘How unpleasant it must have been for these children and their parents to witness the job-like behavior you were involved in.
“There were children there who were clearly very afraid of what was happening.
‘Severe fear and suffering has been caused to these people in the store.’
Gordon, of Crumpsall, was sentenced to 22 and a half months in prison after pleading guilty to criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and arguing.
Murray, of Salford, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the same offences.
Another man who admits to an argument was given a 26-month warrant.