Man avoids jail after assault

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A man who launched a violent attack at a holiday village has avoided jail.

Glenn Hardcastle, 25, was found guilty of assault by beating following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court earlier this month after he attacked 20-year-old Joshua Lamb at Center Parcs last year.

Today, Judge David Goodin told Hardcastle that while his offence was serious, it did not require a prison term.

He had been staying at the Elveden holiday village when the incident took place on November 9.

Mr Lamb was knocked to the ground with a series of blows after Hardcastle, of New Road, Grays, accused him of dancing with his wife.

Hardcastle claimed he had exited the ballroom to ‘smooth things over’ with Mr Lamb.

But Judge Goodin said he had sought out a fight and had ‘got it’.

He was given a 12 month community order, placed under an overnight curfew and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.

He must also pay £200 compensation and £200 in costs.