Seven men involved in a long-running feud that sparked a series of violent incidents have been jailed for a total of more than 25 years.
Staff and customers at a Volkswagen dealership on Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds were left terrified when balaclava-clad men armed with machetes and other weapons burst into the showroom in pursuit of three other men on the morning of Thursday, October 31, last year.
The shocking scenes were the latest explosion of violence in an ongoing feud between the James and Pattison families and their associates.
A jury at Leeds Crown Court found seven men guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder following a six-week trial at Leeds Crown Court. One piece of evidence was CCTV from a B&Q store in Beeston that showed Daniel James and another suspect buying tools the night before the incident at the Elland Road car dealership.
Those jailed yesterday were: Lee James, 35, of Gelderd Road, Leeds, received a sentence of three years and nine months years; Peter James, 40, of Murton Lane, York, three years and nine months; Daniel Robert James, 38, of Bullough Lane, Rothwell, five years and three months - Daniel was also found guilty of two offences of possession of a prohibited weapon and two of possession of ammunition; Adam Kindon, 36, of Ingram Road, Leeds, three years and three months; John Kindon, 29, of Gelderd Road, Leeds, three years; Levi Pattison, 39, of Gelderd Road, Leeds, three years and three months; Steve Pattison, 35, of Hillidge Road, Leeds, three years and three months.
An eighth man, Samuel James, 54, of Spring Avenue, Leeds, was found not guilty.
Det Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, who led the investigation, said: “Their actions not only put the lives of their intended targets at risk but could easily have resulted in innocent members of the public being hurt.”