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Convicted Stanley knife attacker arrested after skipping court


A man wanted for skipping court after being convicted of a Stanley knife attack on two brothers has been re-arrested by police.

Russell Broughton (pictured) was handed a four-year prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court in March for his role in a fight at the Mailbox’s Bar Room Bar – but he failed to attend court and the sentence was passed down in his absence.

Officers have been hunting the 44-year-old, from Locking Croft in Castle Vale, since and earlier this month appealed for information on his whereabouts on BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Last night a patrol unit from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) stopped a BMW being driven erratically in Constitution Hill and found Broughton behind the wheel.

He was arrested for failing to answer bail and has also been charged with failing to provide a breath specimen and driving without insurance or a licence and is set to appear before Birmingham magistrates this morning (June 26).

Broughton lashed out with the blade at brothers Robert and Thomas Cadby – slashing one across the throat – when the trio squared up on 6 April last year.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the flare-up was the culmination of tit-for-tat attacks going back many years that were sparked by rows over an outstanding debt.

Broughton admitted wounding and possessing a knife in public.