Crewe street fight breaks out in broad daylight as men attack each other with knives and metal bar

Nigel Dunn, top left, Christopher Rawlings, top right, Nathan Thomas, bottom left, and Richard Wharton, bottom right -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary
Nigel Dunn, top left, Christopher Rawlings, top right, Nathan Thomas, bottom left, and Richard Wharton, bottom right -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary

These are the faces of the men who attacked each other with weapons in broad daylight during a vicious Crewe street fight. Now, the four males have been jailed for a combined total of almost seven years following the brawl last summer.

The incident unfolded when Christopher Rawlings and Nigel Dunn, both 45, were on Davenport Avenue at around 6.30pm on Sunday, August 13. The pair came together with Nathan Thomas, 36, and Richard Wharton, 44, and a fight broke out within the group.

CCTV showed the men all assaulting each other with weapons before separating and fleeing on foot in different directions. Two knives and a metal bar were located at the scene of the incident.

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Rawlings suffered a deep laceration to the front and back of his head, requiring multiple stitches, and a puncture wound to his arm. He was placed in a medically induced coma in hospital as a result of his injuries. Dunn, who sustained a fractured collar bone and elbow, was located by officers as he received treatment from paramedics.

Wharton and Thomas were later identified from CCTV footage which was reviewed by an officer. All four men were later charged in relation to the incident.

All four men were sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Thursday (May 2):

  • Christopher Rawlings, 45, of Willow Crescent, Wistaston, was sentenced to 21 months after previously pleading guilty to violent disorder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

  • Nigel Dunn, 45, of Fanshawe Walk, Crewe, was sentenced to 20 months after previously pleading guilty to violent disorder.

  • Richard Wharton, 44, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 18 months after previously pleading guilty to affray.

  • Nathan Thomas, 36, of Wingate Road, Worsley, was sentenced to two years after previously being found guilty of violent disorder.

Following the sentencing, DC Graham Lee said: "Not only did this incident cause very serious injuries to one of the men involved, but it also occurred in broad daylight in a street with members of the public present.

"This behaviour could easily have ended up hurting innocent people in the vicinity that evening and it is a miracle that no other serious injuries were caused. I hope the conclusion of this case will reassure the local community, as well as anyone who may have witnessed this traumatic event unfold."

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