Two members of an infamous St Helens traveller clan have been jailed for driving a lorry into a family home as part of a violent feud.
Thomas and Patrick Maughan were both sentenced to three years and two months for repeatedly ramming the stolen truck into a house in Stoke.
The pair, aged 31 and 37 respectively, were part of a convoy of vehicles and their actions caused significant structural damage to the property.
Incredibly, none of the occupants were injured during the attack in November 2015.
The Maughans admitted criminal damage and being reckless in the endangerment of life.
Also sentenced today for the attack were:
* Eileen Price, aged 49, of Kidsgrove Road, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, being reckless to the endangerment of life, and was today sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.
* Frederick Price, aged 51, from Adams Avenue in Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for three years and two months for the same offence.
* Ian Lloyd, aged 31, from Long Lane, Middlewich in Cheshire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. He was given 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.
* Nathan Ward, aged 28, of Cledford Lane, Middlewich, will be sentenced tomorrow after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
Following the incident an extensive investigation was undertaken by the Force Safeguarding Investigation department which led to the arrests.
The investigation found the stolen skip loader was abandoned within a few minutes in Cotton Road and was subject to a detailed forensic examination.
Detailed analysis work around a number of mobile phones, in conjunction with studying hours of CCTV from around the country, digital vehicle comparison and vehicle sightings, helped to build a picture which linked the defendants to one or several events which ultimately led to the incident on 5 November 2015.
Det Sgt Adrian Webb, who led the investigation, said: “This attack was extensively and carefully planned to intimidate a local family.
“That family, including their three children, were in bed when their house was rammed - not once but seven times by a very large lorry.
“This attack was done at night, targeting a semi-detached house in a residential area. It was sheer luck that no one was injured when the lorry damaged the house.
This attack not only targeted the intended victims but put other local residents at risk and caused thousands of pounds damage to several vehicles.
“Such criminal activity will not be tolerated in Staffordshire, and as we have shown, we will take positive action against those who engage in it. The safety of all our communities is an absolute priority.”