Alfreton man jailed for ‘hammer’ attacks

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An Alfreton man has been jailed for seven years for his part in a series of botched hammer attacks on a Dorset fitness instructor.

John Doyle (35) was one of three men to stage three attacks on Kelly Batchelor in the seaside town of Poole.

Winchester Crown Court heard how a ‘hammer type implement’ was used.

The plan had been hatched by one man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – because his girlfriend thought he was having an affair with Ms Batchelor. He was jailed for eight years.

Doyle was jailed with Ian Edgeworth, (26) of Nottingham, who got a four months and Keith Harby (39) of Long Eaton, who got ten years.

Earlier Robbie Northridge (19) of no fixed address, and Lanelle Douglas (27) of High Main Drive, Bestwood Village, were acquitted of the same charge.

Jurors heard how the gang had first conspired to attack Miss Batchelor, but escaped serious injury, thanks to intervention by the public.

The second time the gang were unable to findher. But the third time,she was attacked with a weapon.