POLICE have welcomed the sentence imposed on three doormen who brutally attacked two customers at a Halloween tattoo convention in Newton Abbot.
Wayne Williams, 43, and his son Darren, 22, from Pembrey, Burry Port, and Richard Owens, 25, of Llanelli, were working as the security team at Newton Abbot Racecourse in 2011 when they assaulted two victims.
The trio were each jailed at Exeter Crown Court for 69 months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent to one man and wounding another.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, jailed them after he watched shocking CCTV images of the attack.
WARNING: Video contains scenes of violence
Detective Constable Jenny Southcombe said: "This was a brutal and totally unprovoked attack on two innocent men who were enjoying an organised event at Newton Abbot Racecourse.
"The attack was aggravated by the fact it was carried out by three men acting as security at the event. It was a particularly violent and sustained attack which was captured on CCTV which was sickening to watch.
"I welcome the substantial custodial sentences imposed."
Racecourse managing director Pat Masterson confirmed it was an outside event which is no longer held.
"I've never seen violence like it in all my life," he said.
"This was very distressing for my staff. It was an outside event which we don't hold any more.
"It was outrageous violence. I viewed the video. I used to be in the army. I've never seen anything like this before."