When two families go to war….. Stay out of the way! Violence erupted in the middle of a Southampton street as two feuding families ended up in a mass brawl, a court heard.
The court was told that up to 16 people, some armed with baseball bats and knives, clashed in Derby Road after members of the Roath family went “looking for a fight” with the Singh family.
The brawl prompted witnesses to lock themselves in nearby shops to protect themselves.
At Southampton Crown Court Dali Singh, 31, was jailed for his part in the incident.
The court heard how Singh and family members had been engaged in a “long-running feud” with members of the Roath family – a rivalry which is said to have been ongoing for several years, prior to the fight, on August 10.
The court heard that several participants, made up of family and friends from both sides, were seen on CCTV carrying weapons, including a baseball bat, a golf club and a number of knives.
Dali Singh was seen with a broom handle, which he had picked up after the fight had started.
He was later seen chasing members of the Roath family away along Derby Road.
Singh was found guilty of violent disorder after a trial at Southampton Crown Court earlier this month.
Satnam Singh Roath and Shakti Singh Roath were both found not-guilty of the same offence during the trial.
Singh was jailed for 20 months by Judge Christopher Parker QC.