Teenage gang yob walks free

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A THUG involved in a gang attack on a teenager in a South Yorkshire underpass has been sentenced for his part in the violence.

James McIntosh, aged 16, of Studmoor Road, Kimberworth Park, Rotherham, was among four ‘young thugs’ who attacked another group of youths in an under pass at the Ickles roundabout, between Canklow and Masbrough, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The attack left 18-year-old Josh Pollard, of Kimberworth, needing 25 stitches after he was kicked and punched in the head.

Violence between the two groups flared after they met in a takeaway on Ship Hill in Rotherham town centre and words were exchanged.

A fight started outside and Josh and his pals ran off but they crossed paths with their attackers in the underpass and the violence escalated.

Jak Shaw, 19, Ryan Burditt, 18, and Cole Stevenson, 20, were sentenced to community orders and unpaid work for their part in the incident earlier this month, but McIntosh was already serving a prison term at the time and had his hearing adjourned.

He was sentenced to a 12- month community order with supervision and 175 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm for kicking Josh in the face while he was on the ground.

Shaw, of Spa Well Crescent, Treeton, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Stevenson, of Mappins Road, Catcliffe, and Burditt, of High Hazel Crescent, Catcliffe, both admitted affray.

Sheffield Crown Court heard McIntosh was serving a 12 month detention and training order when his accomplices were all sentenced together for the attack.

The earlier sentence was imposed for an offence committed after the incident in the early hours of New Year’s Day but which reached court first.

Recorder Michael Hubbard QC, sentencing McIntosh, said: “Had you appeared at court for both matters at the same time I don’t think the court would have imposed much more than they did last time.

“This was a nasty offence and as you know there’s no second chances.

“If you breach the terms of the order you will come back here.”