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Call for glass ban

PUBLISHED: 14:45 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:31 07 July 2010

The mother of a Dereham teenager left blind in one eye after a vicious attack has stepped up a campaign to get glasses banned from pubs and clubs.

Richard Blackmore, 19, faces more operations to horrific facial injuries sustained when Barry Jackson, 28, glassed him at Splitz in Dereham.

The mother of a Dereham teenager left blind in one eye after a vicious attack has stepped up a campaign to get glasses banned from pubs and clubs.

Richard Blackmore, 19, faces more operations to horrific facial injuries sustained when Barry Jackson, 28, glassed him at Splitz in Dereham.

Richard's mother Sharon said: “Something positive has to come from all this. We need to be able to prevent this happening to anyone else. Richard was not the first and he isn't going to be the last.

“There are more and more people getting maimed in glass related attacks, and they deserve to be protected from the irresponsible aggressive drinker. We are never going to get rid of the aggressive drinker but we can protect the public by swopping glasses for polycarbonate glasses, giving them that extra protection.”

Jackson was sent to prison for three years last week after he “saw red” after Mr Blackmore danced with his wife in the club.

Jailing him, Judge Peter Jacobs also called for pubs and clubs to switch to using plastic glasses.

Some premises in Dereham - including Splitz - have already switched but Mrs Blackmore called for more to follow suit.

She said: “It's been a terrible ordeal and strain on everyone. Richard still has a long way to go and still more operations to come.

“I'll never forget the judge's face when he himself wished in court for glasses not to be used anymore after a certain hour in pubs and clubs. He said it's all very well saying you are backing the campaign for polycarbonate glasses, but nothing is ever done about it.”

Mrs Blackmore added: “This is true. How can anyone do anything about it apart from the pubs and clubs who serve the alcohol in the first place. Only they really have the power. I have spent a bit of time on the internet looking at other similar cases all over the country. The photos they show are very graphic, full face disfigurements and worse - all from a glass or bottle.”

She said statistics show that in the places that have swapped glass for polycarbonate, there are a lot less hospital admissions for glass related attacks/injuries in those areas.

Judge Jacobs told Jackson: “This unfortunate man, who did nothing more than dance with your wife in a club, is now without sight in one eye for the rest of his life.

“However long you go to prison for, and it is likely to be half your sentence, you will one day get out but this young man will have to deal with this for life.”

He added that he would like to see pubs and clubs use plastic glasses after a certain hour to prevent further horrific injuries such as this.

Jackson, of Copenhagen Way, Dereham, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after previously denying the charge.

The court heard Jackson, said to be a family man who had never been in trouble before, had drunk 20 single vodkas and four pints of Stella that night.

He later told police he had seen someone “grabbing his missus”, had “seen red” and lashed out.

Mr Blackmore had hoped to join the army which he will not now be able to do.

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