Three teenage girls have been sentenced at court for their roles in a violent incident at an Eastbourne town centre fast-food restaurant.
At about 9.15pm on Sunday 17 April, at McDonalds in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, an incident took place involving a group of three girls.
A 16-year old boy, a 17-year old boy, a 19-year old woman and a 23-year old man who were customers and a 19-year old woman employee were subjected to vicious unprovoked attacks by kicking and punching.
Eventually the man was able to remove the girls from the restaurant, but was then subjected to further vicious attacks by the three, involving the use of a bottle and a knife.
The man was able to defend himself and disarm one of the suspects by tackling her to the floor, bringing a swift end to the violence.
Paramedics went to the scene but none of the victims needed hospital treatment.
Police arrived and the three local girls, two now aged 17 and one, Annabelle Woodhams, now aged 18, of East Beeches Road, Crowborough, were arrested and later charged.
One of the 17-year old girls, from Eastbourne, was sentenced at Hastings Magistrates Court on 18 October to four months’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to affray and threatening a person with a knife in a public place. The knife was ordered to be confiscated.
Woodhams was given a Community Order and a Youth Rehabilitation Order after pleading guilty at Hastings Magistrates Court on 20 September to affray.
The other 17-year old girl, also from Eastbourne, appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on 18 October, and was given a Youth Rehabilitation Order, having pleaded guilty to affray. The CPS offered no evidence at court on a further charge of unlawful possession of a knife.
PC Nikki Desouza said, "We would like to thank all the people involved as witnesses and victims in the fracas for their support of the investigation, which helped us bring the suspects to justice.
"It is still not clear exactly why the defendants behaved as they did, but all had been drinking and this clearly helped fuel their rampage."