Butcher assault ends pudding reign

The owners of a Lancashire butcher's shop, famous nationwide for its black puddings, have suffered  serious injuries in a vicious attack.

Mary and Tony Sinacola, who produce Chadwicks Original Bury Black Puddings from their stall in Bury market, prepare their black puddings from their own secret recipe.

Last year they had provided the black puddings for the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in nearby Ramsbottom.

But Bolton Crown Court was told (10 May) that, in September last year, the couple had gone to the rescue of a female takeaway server in Bolton who was being abused by three youths.

Evidence was given before the court that Mr Sinacola, 50, was pushed to the floor and kicked and punched in the head until he was unconscious, while Mrs Sinacola, 52, was also assaulted.

Mr Sinacola's injuries were sufficiently serious that he is currently no longer able to work full-time in the shop. As a result, the court was told, the recipe for the black puddings has had to be given to another  butcher for preparation.

The three youths, who admitted a series of assault charges, were jailed for terms of 12 months, 16 months and two years.