A FAMILY that “turned against each other” brawled in the street, attacking each other with a metal crutch.

Following the breakdown of a marriage within the family and a series of allegations, members of the same family fought in the street, punching each other and using a metal crutch as a weapon.

Mohammad Khan, of East Road in Longsight, and Waseem Khan, of Northmoor Road in Manchester, appeared in Bolton Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of affray.

Mohammad Khan, 34, and Waseem Khan, 25, arrived at UK Tyres in Derby Street in May, 2017 in a group of other men.

One man in the group was “brandishing a metal crutch” as the approached the tyre shop, where other members of the Khan family were inside, said prosecutor Daniel Calder.

A fight began inside the shop, with punches being thrown and the crutch being used by the attackers to beat victims.

The fight spilled into Derby Street and continued outside, with a crowd forming around the brawling men, said Mr Calder.

The group of attackers left the scene in a car as more people gathered, shouting “we’re going to come back and sort you out”.

Two of the men involved briefly lost consciousness in the violence and three had to go to hospital with their injuries, which included loose teeth and swollen ears.

The violence was out of character for the two men and the family dispute has since been resolved, according to the defence for Mohammad Khan, Daniel Harman.

Mr Harman said: “This was a longstanding, rather poisonous dispute.

“It mushroomed into violent disorder.

“This was unjustifiable violence on both sides, but the hatchet has well and truly been buried.

“The parties to do not engage in unlawful violence any more, things appear to have moved in the right direction.”

Mohammad Khan has a wife and four children, said Mr Harman.

Mr Harman added: “He admitted to punching one of the men and unlawful violence.

“He is the only provider to that household.

“He is a man who has family.

“The public do not need protection from this man.

“These are two hard working men.”

Judge Richard Gioserano said: “This was, of course, no way to settle any dispute let alone a family dispute.

“How sad it is to see members of the same family turning against each other.

“These are men who are normally decent, hard working and law abiding, devoting most of their time to their families and working to support them.”

Their lack of criminal record prevented them from going to prison, said the judge.

He added: “It has saved you from going into prison today.

“The behaviour has not been repeated and it is now over two years since the incident.

“You have gone back to living the lives you never should have left.

“Fortunately nobody was seriously hurt.”

The pair were served a community order lasting 12 months and 120 hours of unpaid work.