Ipswich: Feud brothers banned from town
A PAIR of brothers have been banned from entering Ipswich for a year for their part in a disturbance at a caravan site.
Martin and Thomas Mongan threatened two other men during the incident at West Meadows on Tuesday.
Police were called to the caravan site and arrested six people - including the Mongan brothers - following a feud between two families over a plot of land.
Martin Mongan, 35, and Thomas Mongan, 32, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court and both pleaded to guilty to charges of threatening behaviour.
Lesla Small, prosecuting, said: “This was a feud between two families at a travellers’ site over a plot of land that had become available.
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“There were bottles being thrown and police officers were in the middle trying to keep the two parties apart.
“Thomas Mongan has picked up a metal pole and become abusive to two men while Martin Mongan ran towards them in a threatening manner.
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“The police have been there for quite a few days and to be honest this dispute has become a drain on their resources.
“Both brothers were arrested and then put into custody because there was fear that there might be repercussions following the incident.”
District Judge David Cooper told the brothers: “This incident sounds like absolute mayhem.
“In the interests of your own and other people’s safety I feel I have no choice but to prevent you both from entering the borough of Ipswich for one year.”
As well as the ban, Thomas Mongan was fined �300 and Martin Mongan was ordered to pay �200.