Feuding families avoid jail after mass brawl at Wickham Horse Fair

Horace Kempster

James Kempster Senior

Ricky Joe Keet

James Albert Kempster Jnr

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TWO feuding families have avoided jail for their roles in a mass brawl at a Hampshire fair.

Members of the Kempster and Keet family came to blows at the Wickham Horse Fair on May 20 last year.

All six defendants - three from one family, three from another - admitted charges in relation to the incident.

Video footage shown in Portsmouth Crown Court captured David Keet, who was holding a child, being threatened with an unloaded catapult by James Albert Kempster in front of shocked crowds.

Mr Keet fends off James Kempster, who then falls backwards.

From there, other members of both families came to blows.

The footage,which was shot by the RSPCA, shows James Kempster Senior, who had jumped off his horse and trap, running up to the incident brandishing a whip.

In another part, Ricky Keet, son of David Keet, is shown shooting a catapult into the head of Horace Kempster, 20.

Police officers are also captured attempting to split up James Kempster and David Keet.

Esta Keet, 52, the wife do David Keet, is shown using an asp to hit James Kempster.

All six defendants were sentenced by Recorder Nicholas Rowland this afternoon.

James Albert Kempster, 27, of Bury Brickfield Park, Totton, pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon.

He received a 36-month community order, 100 hours unpaid work, a 24-month exclusion order from the Knowle and Soberton areas, a three year banning order from the Wickham Horse Show, and ordered to pay £300 costs.

Albert Kempster, 19, of the same address, pleaded guilty to common assault.

He received a 36-month community order, 100 hours unpaid work, a 24-month exclusion order from the Knowle and Soberton areas, a six month curfew order, a three year banning order at the Wickham Horse Fair, and ordered to pay £300 costs.

James Kempster Senior, 40, of the same address, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm on David Keet.

He was handed a three year community order, 140 hours unpaid work, an exclusion order from the Knowle and Soberton areas, a three year banning order at the Wickham horse Show, and ordered to pay £150 costs.

Horace Kempster, 20, of the same address, admitted affray.

He was handed a two year community order, an exclusion order for two years from the Knowle and Soberton areas, a two year banning order from the Wickham Horse Show, 140 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Ricky Keet, 24, of Long Road, Soberton, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm.

He received a six month prison sentence suspended for two years, ordered to carry 180 hours unpaid work, a two year banning order from attending the Wickham Horse Show, a two year exclusion order from Bury Brickfields Park, and ordered to pay £100 costs.

Esta Keet, 52, of the same address, received a three year community order, a three year banning order from the Wickham Horse Show, and an exclusion order from Bury Brickfields Park for two years.

David "Digger" Keet, 28, of Long Road, Soberton, previously pleaded guilty to one county of assault. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £300 costs.

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5:53pm Fri 2 May 14

wwozzer says...

Six idiots in one village? This was bound to happen.
Six idiots in one village? This was bound to happen. wwozzer
  • Score: 27

5:53pm Fri 2 May 14

taxi driver in southampton says...

Feud or not you DO NOT do that or act like that when a Man has a child in his arms. I bet their parents and family are really proud of them.
DISGUSTING
Feud or not you DO NOT do that or act like that when a Man has a child in his arms. I bet their parents and family are really proud of them. DISGUSTING taxi driver in southampton
  • Score: 35

5:56pm Fri 2 May 14

Zexagon says...

taxi driver in southampton wrote:
Feud or not you DO NOT do that or act like that when a Man has a child in his arms. I bet their parents and family are really proud of them.
DISGUSTING
You don't think they worry about that do you? No morals whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]taxi driver in southampton[/bold] wrote: Feud or not you DO NOT do that or act like that when a Man has a child in his arms. I bet their parents and family are really proud of them. DISGUSTING[/p][/quote]You don't think they worry about that do you? No morals whatsoever. Zexagon
  • Score: 22

6:00pm Fri 2 May 14

bullsbags says...

RETARDS
RETARDS bullsbags
  • Score: 26

6:01pm Fri 2 May 14

mrs pepperpot says...

Classy!
Classy! mrs pepperpot
  • Score: 12

6:13pm Fri 2 May 14

dango says...

big fat Gypsy fights.
big fat Gypsy fights. dango
  • Score: 26

6:54pm Fri 2 May 14

boxing_nut says...

Jesus wept what a video so the guy is holding a child, gets set upon, a catapult put to his head then attacked with a whip and they all avoided jail?

Queue all the pro **** comments saying what an honourable lot they are with traditions etc. yet to see it.
Jesus wept what a video so the guy is holding a child, gets set upon, a catapult put to his head then attacked with a whip and they all avoided jail? Queue all the pro **** comments saying what an honourable lot they are with traditions etc. yet to see it. boxing_nut
  • Score: 18

7:02pm Fri 2 May 14

St.Winch70 says...

Savages. Amazed they were not locked up! Now if they were wearing football shirts............
Savages. Amazed they were not locked up! Now if they were wearing football shirts............ St.Winch70
  • Score: 30

7:04pm Fri 2 May 14

Mary80 says...

How the HOLY HELL did they manage to avoid getting their butts tossed in jail? Clearly they want to behave like animals toss them into a zoo to let them act like animals instead of being in society
How the HOLY HELL did they manage to avoid getting their butts tossed in jail? Clearly they want to behave like animals toss them into a zoo to let them act like animals instead of being in society Mary80
  • Score: 17

7:51pm Fri 2 May 14

andysaint says...

i believe they are referred to as 'do what they likeys' by the police.
i believe they are referred to as 'do what they likeys' by the police. andysaint
  • Score: 13

9:17pm Fri 2 May 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Rag Bone any Scraps People!
Rag Bone any Scraps People! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -1

9:43pm Fri 2 May 14

9 Toes Romsey says...

Look at the state of them, gas the whole lot of them and shut thing down.

Problem solved.
Look at the state of them, gas the whole lot of them and shut thing down. Problem solved. 9 Toes Romsey
  • Score: 6

12:01am Sat 3 May 14

kiz.bartlett says...

I'm sure That one of the more recent Wickham horse fairs there were troubles of people using a local basketball court as a fighting ring?

This fair gets a lot of bad press including it being on a televised show for the mistreatment of animals. By avoiding jail time this just advocates more problems. A nice place to live until the horse fair rolls around.
I'm sure That one of the more recent Wickham horse fairs there were troubles of people using a local basketball court as a fighting ring? This fair gets a lot of bad press including it being on a televised show for the mistreatment of animals. By avoiding jail time this just advocates more problems. A nice place to live until the horse fair rolls around. kiz.bartlett
  • Score: 7

8:47am Sat 3 May 14

From the sidelines says...

What an education. I thought the film Snatch was a fiction.

Interesting contrast to the car and bike meeting on Boxing Day, a more genteel event would be hard to imagine.
What an education. I thought the film Snatch was a fiction. Interesting contrast to the car and bike meeting on Boxing Day, a more genteel event would be hard to imagine. From the sidelines
  • Score: 2

10:00am Sat 3 May 14

bigal007 says...

Red neck Totton trash
Red neck Totton trash bigal007
  • Score: 5

10:29am Sat 3 May 14

mickey01 says...

take away their untaxed vans the inbred t@@@@Rs
take away their untaxed vans the inbred t@@@@Rs mickey01
  • Score: 4

10:40am Sat 3 May 14

Big Mac says...

Bet they all still turn up at the next event – hardly likely to take any notice of a slap on the wrists. Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers in deed.
Bet they all still turn up at the next event – hardly likely to take any notice of a slap on the wrists. Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers in deed. Big Mac
  • Score: 2

11:05am Sat 3 May 14

skeptik says...

Are they real gypsies or 'travellers?'
Are they real gypsies or 'travellers?' skeptik
  • Score: 0

11:32am Sat 3 May 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

Can't they just leave the horses at home this year & have a great punch up in a fenced off area. Bound to bring in the crowds!
Can't they just leave the horses at home this year & have a great punch up in a fenced off area. Bound to bring in the crowds! Hampshire Corn and Bread
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Sat 3 May 14

Naya says...

Dirty barbaric inbred scum....the whole lot of em...they have no behaviour!!
Dirty barbaric inbred scum....the whole lot of em...they have no behaviour!! Naya
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Sat 3 May 14

Block41row0sfc says...

You do that at a football match it is instant prison surely this is no different.
You do that at a football match it is instant prison surely this is no different. Block41row0sfc
  • Score: 2

3:11pm Sat 3 May 14

paracletegirl says...

How dare you all make such comments as no morals, inbreds, gas the lot etc? You label all travellers with the above crime, based on two idiots actions who don't know how to conduct themselves in a civilised manner? How about the dog set on fire this week? Baby P's killer? They are non travellers, would you like their crimes added to your door? Ignorant, narrow minded, judgmental lot. Yes, note my surname. Note also I'm currently studying a degree and all my marks have been in the 'first' category. I have set up an animal welfare and reuniting group, I also have four years in counselling experience which I have given all my time, freely to help others. So, well done to the idiot who started this brawl, making it harder for the decent ones to live with the ignorant backlash of the above and well done all you narrow minded idiots that do so enjoy putting everyone in boxes. Very intelligent.
How dare you all make such comments as no morals, inbreds, gas the lot etc? You label all travellers with the above crime, based on two idiots actions who don't know how to conduct themselves in a civilised manner? How about the dog set on fire this week? Baby P's killer? They are non travellers, would you like their crimes added to your door? Ignorant, narrow minded, judgmental lot. Yes, note my surname. Note also I'm currently studying a degree and all my marks have been in the 'first' category. I have set up an animal welfare and reuniting group, I also have four years in counselling experience which I have given all my time, freely to help others. So, well done to the idiot who started this brawl, making it harder for the decent ones to live with the ignorant backlash of the above and well done all you narrow minded idiots that do so enjoy putting everyone in boxes. Very intelligent. paracletegirl
  • Score: -19

9:27am Sun 4 May 14

andysaints007 says...

deepheat wrote:
A new EU directive has decided that we must no longer use the word "****".

We must now use the phrase Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers or C.U.N.T'S for short.
Brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]deepheat[/bold] wrote: A new EU directive has decided that we must no longer use the word "****". We must now use the phrase Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers or C.U.N.T'S for short.[/p][/quote]Brilliant! andysaints007
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Sun 4 May 14

richard57 says...

paracletegirl wrote:
How dare you all make such comments as no morals, inbreds, gas the lot etc? You label all travellers with the above crime, based on two idiots actions who don't know how to conduct themselves in a civilised manner? How about the dog set on fire this week? Baby P's killer? They are non travellers, would you like their crimes added to your door? Ignorant, narrow minded, judgmental lot. Yes, note my surname. Note also I'm currently studying a degree and all my marks have been in the 'first' category. I have set up an animal welfare and reuniting group, I also have four years in counselling experience which I have given all my time, freely to help others. So, well done to the idiot who started this brawl, making it harder for the decent ones to live with the ignorant backlash of the above and well done all you narrow minded idiots that do so enjoy putting everyone in boxes. Very intelligent.
great!!! you will be able to by your own home soon.instead of living off the state.
[quote][p][bold]paracletegirl[/bold] wrote: How dare you all make such comments as no morals, inbreds, gas the lot etc? You label all travellers with the above crime, based on two idiots actions who don't know how to conduct themselves in a civilised manner? How about the dog set on fire this week? Baby P's killer? They are non travellers, would you like their crimes added to your door? Ignorant, narrow minded, judgmental lot. Yes, note my surname. Note also I'm currently studying a degree and all my marks have been in the 'first' category. I have set up an animal welfare and reuniting group, I also have four years in counselling experience which I have given all my time, freely to help others. So, well done to the idiot who started this brawl, making it harder for the decent ones to live with the ignorant backlash of the above and well done all you narrow minded idiots that do so enjoy putting everyone in boxes. Very intelligent.[/p][/quote]great!!! you will be able to by your own home soon.instead of living off the state. richard57
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Sun 4 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

richard57 wrote:
paracletegirl wrote:
How dare you all make such comments as no morals, inbreds, gas the lot etc? You label all travellers with the above crime, based on two idiots actions who don't know how to conduct themselves in a civilised manner? How about the dog set on fire this week? Baby P's killer? They are non travellers, would you like their crimes added to your door? Ignorant, narrow minded, judgmental lot. Yes, note my surname. Note also I'm currently studying a degree and all my marks have been in the 'first' category. I have set up an animal welfare and reuniting group, I also have four years in counselling experience which I have given all my time, freely to help others. So, well done to the idiot who started this brawl, making it harder for the decent ones to live with the ignorant backlash of the above and well done all you narrow minded idiots that do so enjoy putting everyone in boxes. Very intelligent.
great!!! you will be able to by your own home soon.instead of living off the state.
Says someone who can't spell "buy" !!
[quote][p][bold]richard57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paracletegirl[/bold] wrote: How dare you all make such comments as no morals, inbreds, gas the lot etc? You label all travellers with the above crime, based on two idiots actions who don't know how to conduct themselves in a civilised manner? How about the dog set on fire this week? Baby P's killer? They are non travellers, would you like their crimes added to your door? Ignorant, narrow minded, judgmental lot. Yes, note my surname. Note also I'm currently studying a degree and all my marks have been in the 'first' category. I have set up an animal welfare and reuniting group, I also have four years in counselling experience which I have given all my time, freely to help others. So, well done to the idiot who started this brawl, making it harder for the decent ones to live with the ignorant backlash of the above and well done all you narrow minded idiots that do so enjoy putting everyone in boxes. Very intelligent.[/p][/quote]great!!! you will be able to by your own home soon.instead of living off the state.[/p][/quote]Says someone who can't spell "buy" !! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 2

2:07pm Sun 4 May 14

paracletegirl says...

Again more ignorance and assumptions. Bracketing all in the same category. Indeed, there are three forms: by, buy, bye that I can think of. Each with different lexical/semantic usage. Learn to spell before you spout judgements based on zero knowledge.
Again more ignorance and assumptions. Bracketing all in the same category. Indeed, there are three forms: by, buy, bye that I can think of. Each with different lexical/semantic usage. Learn to spell before you spout judgements based on zero knowledge. paracletegirl
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Sun 4 May 14

paracletegirl says...

Mind you, this thread is useful in that it shows how racist and bigoted many people still are. I'll be sure to tell the many doctors, paramedics and nurses I know who have Romany blood to ask you first if you want them to save your life. Wouldn't want you to be offended. Course you would know wouldn't you, as they are ALL the same. I also know one or two who work in the benefit system and travellers formed a small amount of claimants. The rest were you elusive others. Rapists, murderers, etc. Well if all travellers are labelled because of the crimes of a minority, then you too, can be labelled as such. Funny, how the most prolific and literate post on here is BY a Romany. Proof is in the pudding. Gorgie dinlows!
Mind you, this thread is useful in that it shows how racist and bigoted many people still are. I'll be sure to tell the many doctors, paramedics and nurses I know who have Romany blood to ask you first if you want them to save your life. Wouldn't want you to be offended. Course you would know wouldn't you, as they are ALL the same. I also know one or two who work in the benefit system and travellers formed a small amount of claimants. The rest were you elusive others. Rapists, murderers, etc. Well if all travellers are labelled because of the crimes of a minority, then you too, can be labelled as such. Funny, how the most prolific and literate post on here is BY a Romany. Proof is in the pudding. Gorgie dinlows! paracletegirl
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Wed 7 May 14

kiddynamite says...

paracletegirl wrote:
Mind you, this thread is useful in that it shows how racist and bigoted many people still are. I'll be sure to tell the many doctors, paramedics and nurses I know who have Romany blood to ask you first if you want them to save your life. Wouldn't want you to be offended. Course you would know wouldn't you, as they are ALL the same. I also know one or two who work in the benefit system and travellers formed a small amount of claimants. The rest were you elusive others. Rapists, murderers, etc. Well if all travellers are labelled because of the crimes of a minority, then you too, can be labelled as such. Funny, how the most prolific and literate post on here is BY a Romany. Proof is in the pudding. Gorgie dinlows!
Your grammar is very good i agree, you for sure know how to use spell checker on your stolen lap top aye! Say what you like but this 'Fair' causes nothing but a nuisance for everyone non gypsy. Even the local Co op has to employ a security guard while the fairs on, What sort of people have to nick form a convenience store huh anyway.
I am sure all gypsies are not thieving uneducated skin wasters but sadly this is how the media portray them to be.
[quote][p][bold]paracletegirl[/bold] wrote: Mind you, this thread is useful in that it shows how racist and bigoted many people still are. I'll be sure to tell the many doctors, paramedics and nurses I know who have Romany blood to ask you first if you want them to save your life. Wouldn't want you to be offended. Course you would know wouldn't you, as they are ALL the same. I also know one or two who work in the benefit system and travellers formed a small amount of claimants. The rest were you elusive others. Rapists, murderers, etc. Well if all travellers are labelled because of the crimes of a minority, then you too, can be labelled as such. Funny, how the most prolific and literate post on here is BY a Romany. Proof is in the pudding. Gorgie dinlows![/p][/quote]Your grammar is very good i agree, you for sure know how to use spell checker on your stolen lap top aye! Say what you like but this 'Fair' causes nothing but a nuisance for everyone non gypsy. Even the local Co op has to employ a security guard while the fairs on, What sort of people have to nick form a convenience store huh anyway. I am sure all gypsies are not thieving uneducated skin wasters but sadly this is how the media portray them to be. kiddynamite
  • Score: 0

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