23/07/2014 14:54 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

One Direction Brawl: Parents' Punch-Up After 13-Year-Old Daughters Fell Out Over Tickets


Lee and Kerry Warley. Pic: SWNS

Two families ended up in a violent punch-up after their 13-year-old daughters fell out in a playground row over One Direction tickets.

The trouble started when teenage friends Lucy Brough and Chloe Warley, both 13, got into an argument about the tickets.

The row escalated and their parents got involved. At one stage, both girls and their mothers and fathers were fighting. One dad ended up badly injured, and three others involved were convicted of assault.

Prosecutor Jane Bryan told Hull Crown Court: "Unfortunately, as often happens with 13-year-old girls, they fell out.

"They became enemies and were causing each other trouble at school.

"And because of the deterioration in the girls' relationship, the families also fell out."

The dispute came to a head on June 5, last year, when Lucy called her mother, Nicola Brough, from school in 'immense distress'.


Gary and Nicola Brough. Pic: SWNS

Mrs Brough and her husband Gary decided to go to school for a meeting, hoping to resolve the dispute, but it did not go well and they took Lucy home.

Lucy and her mother returned in the afternoon for a production of Beauty And The Beast, and a fight broke out between the two girls.

Mrs Brough said she pushed them both into a bush to break it up. When Chloe went home and told her parents Lee and Kerry Warley, all three got in their car and went to the Broughs' home in Hessle.

Mr Brough was in the garden putting up some hanging baskets with a hammer, and 'before he knew it' the girls were fighting in the street and the mothers fighting in the garden.

Mr Brough tried to intervene, but was prevented from doing so by Mr Warley, who told him: "Let them have it. It's been coming for a while."

Mr Warley then took Mr Brough's hammer from him and threw it over the house - before punching Mr Brough.

Mr Brough told the court: "The next thing I knew, I was seeing stars. I'd been punched."

The blow fractured his cheek and eye socket and cost him his job as a plant fitter because of the eight weeks he needed off work.

Mr Warley, 33, from Boothferry estate, west Hull, denied causing grievous bodily harm but admitted a lesser charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the second day of his trial.

He was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and must do 100 hours of unpaid work. Mrs Warley was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work for the assault on Mrs Brough.

Mrs Brough was discharged conditionally for 12 months for the assault on Chloe.

Sentencing Mr Warley, Judge Michael Mettyear said: "What a disgraceful day, wasn't it, with more than one person involved?

"I very much hope there will now be peace restored, at least on the face of it, between these two families."

Mrs Waley, who works as a volunteer at an Age UK charity shop, said she and her husband regretted their part in the fracas.

She said: "It was the worst decision of our lives going round to that family's house.

"It was playground stuff. Ridiculous. I'm sure the girls would have sorted their differences on their own."