Elvis, the Honey Monster, Mr T and Big Bird brawl on Swansea street
ON ONE side was Elvis, Big Bird, Mr T and the Honey Monster, on the other their plain-clothed rivals.
A group of men who "disgracefully" brawled in the street have all avoided jail. Eight of the men pleaded guilty to affray, another, Craig Lynch, admitted a public order offence.
Anthony Saunders, dressed as the Honey Monster, was out with his relatives Wayne Saunders, who donned the King's gold trousers, Dean Saunders, who became Big Bird, and Ross Saunders, dressed as The A Team's Mr T. They were out to celebrate the new arrival of Ross Saunders's child.
They became involved in a brawl outside Retro bar, on St Mary Street, Swansea with a rival family.
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Swansea Crown Court was shown CCTV of the brawls, at around 9.30pm.
It showed Ross Saunders, 23, of Harrington Street, Swansea, making for one of the opposition group before throwing a punch. He was joined by Anthony Saunders, of Clydach Road, who went towards Ross Lynch, of Pentre Bach, Gendros, before Dean Saunders, 39, of Eigen Crescent also got involved.
Police arrived and dispersed the group - also accidentally escorting an innocent bystander, a man dressed as a smurf, away in the fracas.
Twenty minutes later, round two began in the same place when Anthony Saunders, 33, again approached Craig Lynch, aged 24, and threw punches. CCTV showed Saunders — the Honey Monster — grappling on the floor with Lynch near some parked cars.
Elvis — Wayne Saunders, 38, of Oakwood Drive, Gowerton — was seen throwing punches towards another man, Leon Sheffield, of Sketty Road.
Andrew Kift, of Nant-y-Creyr also became involved before police arrived.
All but Sheffield, aged 21, Kift, aged 24, Ross Lynch and Jake Lynch, aged 20, of Mynydd Bach y Glo, had previous convictions.
Recorder Nicholas Gareth Jones said he would not jail any of the men before barristers for each made representations about their suitability for unpaid work.
Recorder Jones then said: "Each of you behaved disgracefully outside that bar in the middle of Swansea in the presence of members of the public, both male and female, who were trying to enjoy an evening out during the Easter holiday."
All the men received 12 month community orders. Anthony Saunders was given 300 hours of unpaid work, Jake Lynch, Sheffield, Kift, Ross Lynch, 21, and Ross Saunders were all given 150 hours of unpaid work to complete. Craig Lynch, of Glasfryn, Mynydd Bach y Glo, was given 75 hours in unpaid work and Wayne Saunders was ordered to complete 225 hours of unpaid work. All except Dean and Wayne Saunders received curfews. All were ordered to pay costs.