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Drunken thugs given jail sentences for attack on amputee

Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

Two drunken thugs who launched a ferocious attack on a "vulnerable" amputee have been given jail sentences.

Alistair McCluskey, 48, was sent straight to prison for 20 months having laid into defenceless Nigel Alford with kicks to the head.

McCluskey's partner in crime Kirsty Adams, 37, also received a custodial punishment for her role in the savage assault.

However, her nine-month term was suspended for two years as she played a lesser part in the violence.

The incident occurred after the trio had spent several hours drinking together at Mr Alford's Carlisle home.

McCluskey, of no fixed abode, and Adams, of Harris Crescent, Carlisle, were sentenced at the city's crown court. They had admitted causing Mr Alford - an amputee with a prosthetic leg - grievous bodily harm in Carlisle on 12 August last year.

The court heard both attackers were "blood-spattered" when police later caught up with them.

Recorder Michael Murray said of the victim: "He was, without question, a vulnerable person."

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'Attack a day' on A+E staff

Recent figures show a reported 774 attacks on staff in Accident and Emergency departments over a two year period in Scotland; The equivalent to one attack a day.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats obtained the statistics through a Freedom of Information Request.

The figures showed that in the Scottish Borders, 74 attacks took place during 2012 and 2013.

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume says that for a small health board, that figure is "totally unacceptable".

In Dumfries and Galloway the number of attacks was much lower at 9 during one year.