Barnsley man jailed following ‘unprovoked’ attack on couple

A Barnsley man who assaulted a couple in the street has been sentenced to just over two years behind bars.

By Alana Roberts
Wednesday, 10 April, 2019, 19:00
Philip Allsopp

Philip Allsopp, of Chatsworth Road in Barnsley, was sentenced to 25 months in prison and given a five-year-restraining order at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting to charges of grievous bodily harm and common assault. 

Allsopps’ victims had been enjoying a family day out at Wilthorpe Park, Barnsley, on Sunday 16 September, last year when they were attacked on their way home. 

A 39-year-old woman was walking down Wilthorpe Avenue when Allsopp launched an ‘unprovoked’ attack on her, leaving her unconscious with facial injuries, requiring hospital treatment. 

Her husband, a 42-year-old man, attempted to help his wife and in doing so was also assaulted by Allsopp leaving him with cuts and bruises to his back. 

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Investigating Officer, PC Greg Brice, said: “The victims in this case were subject to an unprovoked attack by Allsopp and I am pleased he has been given a custodial sentence to reflect this.  

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the victims and their family for their support throughout our investigation. 

“I hope they can both find some closure following this traumatic and terrifying experience.”