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Brothers jailed following brick attack

Two brothers from north Staffordshire who attacked a man with a brick have been jailed for 15 years.

Craig Griffiths, aged 46, and his brother John, aged 45, of Moorland Road, Cheddleton, were found guilty of attempted murder at Stoke-on-Trent Court today (20 November).

The court heard several 999 calls came in just before 9pm on 16 May this year, reporting a man was being pinned down and kicked, and struck with a brick in Grange Road, Cheddleton, near Leek.

Another caller said they feared the victim was being beaten to death.

Police attended the scene within minutes and arrested the brothers, while the injured man Matthew Wilton was rushed to hospital.

The Griffiths family had been in court earlier that month for the outcome of a trial where Liam Williams, aged 20, was convicted of dangerous driving following a collision on the A53 near Leek.

This collision resulted in the death of Craig Griffiths’ son Jak, aged 14, who was a passenger. Williams was sentenced to four years in jail.

During the trial Craig Griffiths read out a personal victim statement in court and it was alleged that Matthew Wilton had laughed and this was the motive for the brothers’ assault.

The court heard Matthew Wilton has suffered from headaches and memory loss since and requires further surgery.

Detective Inspector Tim Boulton, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was one of the most vicious and sustained attacks that I have investigated in over twenty years of policing.

“It was only pure chance that Matthew Wilton was not killed, but he will live with the effects of this attack for the rest of his life.

“Cheddleton is a small rural village and this disturbing incident was witnessed by a number of members of the public. We are incredibly grateful for the witnesses coming forward and assisting us in securing these convictions today.”

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