Merseyside debt collectors jailed for wounding and kidnap


Four men have today been jailed for a total of almost 57 years imprisonment at Preston Crown Court for wounding a man in Morecambe and kidnapping another man in Lancaster on 5 September 2016 as they enforced drugs debts.

David Lee, Damien Yates, Danny Noon and John Edwards travelled from Liverpool to Morecambe where they forced entry into a flat on Sefton Road in Morecambe at 2.15pm and attacked a man with a steering lock then cutting his face and head with a Stanley knife blade.  Thirty minutes later they bundled another man into a car on Moor Lane in Lancaster.

Brett Gerrity for the CPS said: "This gang of four men travelled approximately 60 miles from Liverpool to Morecambe and Lancaster in order to carry out extremely violent attacks on two men to enforce drug debts.

"The defendants Edwards and Lee having wounded the first victim 'high fived' each other in celebration. This was followed by the kidnap in broad daylight in Lancaster which was the second on a 'to do' list of criminality that day.

"The prosecution team presented a case which clearly demonstrated the role played by each of the defendants. It has resulted in them today being given significant custodial sentences by the court.

"The Judge on passing sentence acknowledged that this was serious and organised criminality and a barbaric and savage attack with weapons upon a man in his own Morecambe home."

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Brett Gerrity is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

Individual sentences:

  • David Lee was sentenced to 19 years and 4 months imprisonment for wounding with intent and kidnap
  • John Edwards was sentenced to 19 years and 4 months imprisonment for wounding with intent and kidnap
  • Damien Yates was sentenced to 9 and a half years imprisonment for unlawful wounding and kidnap
  • Danny Noon was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months for unlawful wounding and kidnap