Two thugs have been jailed for their part in a 30-man brawl in the city centre.
Haroon Hussain, aged 27, and Muazzam Naseer, aged 23, both threw punches during the fight with another group of men in Trinity Street and Marsh Street, Hanley, in the early hours of the morning.
At one stage their group tried to attack men who were sitting in a taxi.
One man suffered a cut above his right eye which needed 30 stitches.
Now Naseer – who has previous convictions for violence including affray – has been jailed for 13 months and Hussain was locked up for nine months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Jonathan Barker said the incident began outside a bar in Trinity Street, Hanley, at 3am on March 19, 2019.
Mr Barker said: “The fighting spilled over on to Marsh Street near a taxi rank and inside a taxi driven by a taxi driver.
“It involved about 20 to 30 people. The fighting took place in front of members of the public who had been socialising. CCTV showed men punching and kicking.
“Naseer punched on several occasions. Hussain punched on at least one occasion.
“During the fighting one man sustained a laceration above his right eyelid and needed 30 stitches.
“The reason why the fight broke out is unclear but it ended up with men fighting on the streets.
“At no stage did these defendants seek to retreat. They were part of the group that moved from Trinity Street to Marsh Street and were around the taxi as members of the fighting group tried to get inside the taxi and fight with the occupants seeking to leave the scene.”
The defendants, both of no fixed address, answered no comment to all questions in their police interview.
But they later pleaded guilty to affray.
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The court heard Naseer has previous convictions for violence.
Tarlowchan Dubb, mitigating for both defendants, said another man was charged in connection with the injuries to the victim who needed 30 stitches.
He said Hussain accepted throwing punches during the affray but disputes whether they landed. He added that neither defendants kicked anyone.
Mr Dubb added: “It was a disgraceful episode of public violence.”
Judge David Fletcher said: “The two of you were involved in this very unattractive incident.
“There were numerous people milling around coming towards the end of the evening. Many were looking to get taxis home and were moving towards the taxi rank in Marsh Street.
“There was a conflict between two groups of men – you were one of those groups. There was some behaviour by members of each group which was provocative, which resulted in general disorder breaking out.
“This is a public order act offence, which offends against the general order in our towns and cities.”