Up to 100 people were involved in an incident in the troubled Sheffield suburb of Page Hall which resulted in a man being kicked, punched and hit over the head with a wooden stick.
Police today warned they would not ‘tolerate’ such behaviour after five members of the same family were sentenced in court for the beating.
Frightened residents reported that up to 100 residents came out onto Lloyd Street, Page Hall, during the attack on the 28-year-old victim in February.
Martin Zigova, aged 31, and his wife Silvia, 33, both of Idsworth Road, Fir Vale, Maraek Zigova, 25, and his wife Malvina, 26, both of Selby Road, Grimesthorpe, and Peter Zigova, 26, of Newman Road, Wincobank, all pleaded guilty to affray at Sheffield Crown Court.
They were each sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work, a 12-month community order and told to pay prosecution costs.
On the night of February 22, police received several phone calls from concerned residents who reported seeing a large number of people armed with wooden sticks in the street at around 5pm.
When officers arrived, they were confronted by around 60 people and dispersed the crowd.
At 6.30pm a further call reported more fighting and officers arrived to find the victim with a head injury.
The man, from Sheffield, was left with scratches all over his face and body, a deep cut to his head and in ‘severe’ pain.
The defendants showed ’ no remorse’, the court heard.
Page Hall has been plagued by community tensions after an influx of migrants and violence has flared on several occasions this year.
PC Lucy Marriott, who led the investigation, said: “The defendants have not expressed any remorse for what they did to the victim or the injuries they inflicted upon him.
“Local residents reported around a hundred people in the street at one point, which left them feeling frightened and vulnerable in their own homes.
“They had to witness a man being assaulted, which will have been understandably very distressing for them.
“I hope this sends a very clear message to others that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.”