FOUR men have been sentenced following an unprovoked attack in Wokingham on two men and two women, which left one with a broken nose.

The group were targeted in an alleyway on March 31, 2019, and four community orders were received during the sentencing at Reading Crown Court yesterday (February 10).

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Ruari Lohan, 19, of Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, was given an 18 month community order, ordered to do 135 hours of unpaid work, made subject to a rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR) for 30 days and must pay £500 in compensation after he was convicted of affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Charlie Burgess, 23, of Sadlers Court, Winnersh; Liam Godfrey, 20, of Potters Crescent, Wokingham and James Godfrey, 18 of Potters Crescent, Wokingham, were also sentenced after being convicted of the affray, which took place in Denmark Street in the early hours of March 31, 2019.

Burgess was given an 18 month community order, ordered to carry out 165 hours of unpaid work and must also attend an accreditation programme Resolve for 30 sessions.

Resolve is a programme aiming to reduce violent behaviour in men over the age of 18.

Burgess was also made subject to a 30-day RAR and must pay £500 compensation and £500 in court costs.

Liam Godfrey must undertake 150 hours of unpaid work, attend 30 Resolve sessions, was made subject to an RAR for ten days and ordered to pay £300 compensation and £300 court costs.

James Godfrey must perform 100 hours of unpaid work, attend 19 Thinking Skills sessions, was made subject to an RAR for ten days and ordered to pay £200 in compensation.

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The convictions and sentences are in connection with the incident of affray and assault, which took place in Denmark Street after Lohan head-butted one of the victims in the face and James Godfrey punched one of the other victims.

Following this, Burgess and Liam Godfrey then joined in the attack.

The victims were aged between 19 and 22, and one sustained a cut to his eyebrow and bruising, while another suffered a broken nose and bruising to his face.

The two female victims were not injured.

Lohan, Burgess, James Godfrey and Liam Godfrey were all arrested on April 2 and were subsequently charged the following day.

They were all convicted on December 12, 2019 and returned to Reading Crown Court for sentencing.

Investigating officer, PC Dan Colyer of the Wokingham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This incident was violent and unprovoked and led to two men suffering injuries.

"We will not tolerate behaviour of this kind in Wokingham, and will always look to bring offenders before the courts.

"The sentences handed out will help to address the type of behaviour that these four men displayed that night.

"Wokingham is a safe place to live, work and socialise in, and incidents such as this are thankfully rare and will always be investigated thoroughly."