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Brawl family could face jail

A FAMILY of three who admit taking part in a violent confrontation at a public house have been warned they could all go to jail.

A FAMILY of three who admit taking part in a violent confrontation at a public house have been warned they could all go to jail.

Grenville Harvey, 53, Josie Patricia Harvey, 43, and their son Shamus Anthony Harvey, 17, frightened customers and staff at the Ship Inn in Handbridge, Chester.

They were all due for trial at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, but have now admitted their guilt.

Josie Harvey, who lives with her family in Prenton Place, Handbridge, admitted affray at the pub on July 2.

Her husband and son denied affray but admitted a lesser charge of public disorder.

Shamus Harvey, a persistent young offender, admitted a related charge of assault on John Rosendale.

All three will be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on October 17.

Further charges against Josie Harvey, alleging she was in possession of a knife and damaged windows belonging to Diana McGrath during the incident, were dropped.

Judge Roger Dutton then revoked a Section 39 order which had banned The Chronicle from naming Shamus Harvey because of his age.

The judge said: 'He may be only 17 but he has a substantial criminal record for violence and other offences, so I lift the order.

'This was a serious outbreak of disorder in Chester and so all sentencing options should be left open.'

Judge Dutton then told Shamus Harvey: 'It would help your case if you did not smirk at me.'

Mark le Brocq, defending the youth, said: 'I do not object to the Section 39 being lifted as he has already been named on the front page of The Chronicle.

'The description of persistent young offender has already been applied to him.'

Anna Price, defending Josie Harvey, said she had no previous convictions and had never been in prison before.

Both Josie and Shamus Harvey will have pre-sentence reports drawn up.

They were bailed on conditions of residence, not to contact witnesses, not to enter any pubs in Chester, not to go in the Ship Inn and, if walking past the pub, to walk on the other side of the road.

Oliver Jarvis, defending Grenville Harvey, said he did not need a pre-sentence report.

'He knows he will be receiving a custodial sentence in this case.'

Mr Jarvis added: 'My client is presently remanded in custody in relation to an alleged domestic incident involving his wife.

'This matter will be brought before Chester magistrates in due course, which means he must today be remanded in custody.'


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