Alfreton man jailed for role in 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 separate attacks on Kelly Batchelor in the seaside town of Poole.

Winchester Crown Court heard how heard 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 alongside Ian Edgeworth, 26, of Northwood Road, Nottingham, who got a four months and seven year sentence 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 conspired to attack Miss Batchelor on three occasions first took place at Ashdown Leisure Centre in Poole on August 30 last year as Miss Batchelor returned to her car.

She escaped serious injury, thanks to intervention by the public.

The second incident happened on September 4, but was unsuccessful because the gang were unable to find their target.

And on the third occasion, the following day, Miss Batchelor was attacked with a weapon as she returned home.