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Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 13:10 GMT
Shooting enthusiasts jailed for life
Good Companions Pub, South Croydon
The shooting came as a shock to the leafy suburb
Two clay pigeon shooting enthusiasts who took revenge for an incident in a pub in suburban Surrey by blasting two men to death with shotguns have been jailed for life.

Anthony Ellison, 27, from Coulsdon, Surrey, and Michael Jones, 25, from Croydon, died in the car park of the Good Companions pub in Hamsey Green, near Whyteleafe on 9 February this year.

Another man, Michael Dellaway, survived a serious stabbing in the same incident.


It is hard to understand what went on that night. The defendents were middle aged men with good jobs

Acting Det Supt Richard Heselden
Company director David Hempseed, 54, from Kenley, Surrey and Chris Bourke, 40, a haulier from Warlingham, Surrey, were found guilty of murder on Friday and jailed for life.

Alan Thruston, 46, an actor, from Whyteleafe, and Peter Cutbush, 45, a buyer, from Whyteleafe were acquitted of murder. Both were jailed for eight years after being convicted of manslaughter.

The murders followed an incident in the White Lion pub in Whyteleafe, which Mr Hempseed helped to run.

Cutbush and Hempseed helped eject a group of men, including Mr Ellison and Mr Jones, after a glass was smashed in the games room.

David Hempseed
Hempseed sought revenge after commotion in pub he helped to run
The pair, along with Bourke, decided to go looking for the group and picked up Thruston on the way.

When they arrived at the Good Companions Cutbush went inside to look for the group.

Cutbush denied claims by the prosecution that he had gone in to "lure" the group outside.

Dellaway came out of the pub first and found Hempseed barring his way.

Dellaway knocked the gun aside and it went off, firing into the air.

Actor in The Bill

He was then attacked from behind by Thruston - who had bit parts in EastEnders and The Bill - who stabbed him.

Ellison, who was leaving the pub just behind Dellaway was then shot by Hempseed.

Jones, who had been coming out of the pub but turned to go back in, was shot in the back by Bourke.

Acting Detective Superintendent Richard Heselden, who led the inquiry, said the impact of the incident on a quiet, leafy suburb, had been immense.

Chris Bourke
Chris Bourke...jailed for life
He said: "By any standards, this was a horrific incident. It started as a drinking spree and ended in carnage.

"But despite it being a small community where many of the witnesses would have known both defendants and victims, they came forward - 400 witness statements were made - and gave police utmost co-operation.

"The level of support we received from the community was fundamental to the investigation and we would like thank everyone.

"It is hard to understand what went on that night. The defendents were middle aged men with good jobs.

"Clearly fuelled by drink and oblivious to reason, it was a calculated revenge attack which escalated through the ready access to weapons."


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