20 years for Brocklesby stab murder

A MAN has been given a 20year jail sentence for the murder of former Ravensthorpe drugs baron Peter Brocklesby.
Richard Oldroyd, 20, of Great Pond Street, Ravensthorpe, was also handed a concurrent threeyear sentence for carrying an offensive weapon.
A jury at Leeds Crown Court unanimously found Oldroyd who admitted stabbing Brocklesby in selfdefence, guilty of murder yesterday (Thursday).
Brocklesby, jailed for 22 years in 1997 for his role in running a drugs empire, died after a row near his Cleckheaton home on May 7. The 50yearold’s brother David got 21 years for his role in the drugs gang while their ‘enforcer’, Alistair Bell, was handed nineandahalf years. Bell, 42, died last year following a police siege in Kirkheaton.
Peter Brocklesby was killed after he became involved in a row with a group of youths over how his pet dog had been kicked at a house party.
Mr Justice Foskett QC, sitting at Leeds, said Oldroyd’s age and the fact that he handed himself into police meant his sentence was cut from 25 years. He told Oldroyd: “You will spend the same period of time as you have already lived, locked up.”
DCI Simon Bottomley, of West Yorkshire Police, hailed the verdict and said: “Oldroyd has brought knife crime back into the forefront of people’s minds.
“The new powers that are available to the courts for sentencing people involved in knife crime send a clear warning.
“Anyone considering committing kniferelated crime will face serious prision time if they are caught.”

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