A terrierman for the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt was among sixteen people jailed for their part in the mass fight which erupted at a boxing match at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground.
Women and children had to huddle in the middle of the boxing ring as chairs were hurled through the air, with a woman even knocked unconscious during the “mob violence” involving up to 50 people on 18 February 2017.
Hunt terrierman Darren Leslie Fisher, 30, of Heald Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, was jailed for 23 months in total – with 14 months for violent disorder and nine months for the activation of a suspended prison sentence.
On the 13 July 2017, Mr Fisher had been given a suspended prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court for a road rage attack that landed a flurry of punches on an innocent motorist after a minor collision in Castleford.
Mr Fisher’s victim suffered whiplash injuries to his neck, two bloodshot eyes and impaired vision in his right eye for a period of time after the attack. The victim managed to get in his van to escape after the attack. The court heard Fisher has nine previous convictions for assaults.
In October 2017 the Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs filmed Darren Fisher in his new role as terrierman for the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt. On of the Masters of Foxhounds for the hunt is Richard Thompson, formerly of West Yorkshire Police.
One and the Same?
18 June 2008: A Darren Fisher was jailed after a landlady was punched in a drunken brawl and he and Wayne McHugh tried to buy the silence of a witness. Darren Fisher, 21, of Borrowdale Drive, Ferry Fryston, and Featherstone Rovers’ player Wayne McHugh, 28, of Airedale Road, Castleford, were locked up for nine months at Leeds Crown Court.
Prosecutor Andrew Morton told the court the pair were drinking in Airedale’s The Crown pub at 10pm on Sunday May 4 when landlady Aileen Nardowe refused to serve intoxicated Fisher another beer.
Great Britain Amateur Rugby League player Fisher then exploded into a booze-fuelled rage. He hurled himself at the bar and screamed abuse at Aileen Nardowe, shouting: “I will smash your f***ing face in, I will f***ing kill you, you slag”, before smacking her in the face and shoulder. His victim fell against a wall but Fisher continued to smash glasses and a beer pump as McHugh tried to drag him away.
When arrested, Fisher smuggled a mobile phone into his police cell and called McHugh to ask him to cover up the crime.
23 June 2009: A Darren Leslie Fisher, 22 of Borrowdale Drive, Ferry Fryston, admitted grievous bodily harm, a common assault and being in breach of an Anti Social Behaviour Order which barred him from all pubs in Castleford. Fisher was jailed for two years three months.
Mr Dimmock suffered a fractured skull and jaw when he was punched in the street by Darren Fisher and hit his head on the ground when he fell down. Mr Dimmock had to have a reconstructive operation to his face with a metal plate and screws inserted.