Sunderland death-crash funeral ends in street brawl involving swords and machetes

Police at the scene of an incident in Oxford Street, Pallion, on Saturday morning, close to the location of a fatal motor bike accident last month.
Police at the scene of an incident in Oxford Street, Pallion, on Saturday morning, close to the location of a fatal motor bike accident last month.
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NEIGHBOURS watched in horror as a fight involving up to 40 people spilled into a street after the funeral of a 22-year-old.

Witnesses reported seeing Samurai swords, baseball bats and machetes used during the mass brawl in Pallion which led to a man sustaining head injuries.

Copy pic of Michael 'Micky' Gordon of Exeter Street, Pallion, who was killed in a rta in Oxford Street Pallion.

Copy pic of Michael 'Micky' Gordon of Exeter Street, Pallion, who was killed in a rta in Oxford Street Pallion.

Police sealed off Mortimer Street and part of Oxford Street after the disturbance which is believed to have followed the funeral of Michael Gordon.

Michael, known as Micky, was thrown from the Yamaha motorbike he was riding last month when it hit a lamppost at the junction of Edwin Street, just yards from where the late night fight took place on Friday.

It is understood the wake for his funeral took place in Exeter Street following a service at Sunderland Crematorium.

Police were called to the street later in the evening after people were seen drinking in the street.

Polive at the scene of an incident in Oxford Street, Pallion, on Saturday morning, close to the location of a fatal motor bike accident last month.

Polive at the scene of an incident in Oxford Street, Pallion, on Saturday morning, close to the location of a fatal motor bike accident last month.

A mum-of-two, who did not wish to be named said: “They had been drinking all day and then they emptied onto the street. I could see there was going to be trouble at teatime so I called the police.

“Then at about 10pm it all kicked off. There was about 40 of them fighting and some had baseball bats. I could see one man on the floor and another girl with blood everywhere. There were two lots of people getting brayed. It was horrendous.

“I don’t want my children to see this outside of their home.”

Another resident said: “There’s been trouble for ages. There was another fight not so long ago, and it’s lucky no one’s been hurt before.”

Michael’s mum Carol, 49, who lives nearby is believed to have witnessed the crash that killed her son on April 14. Dozens of flowers remain at the site where he died.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police were called to the area of Exeter Street in Sunderland on Friday, at 9.40pm following reports of a disturbance in the street.

“Officers attended and the ambulance service. A man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with head injuries.

“A man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and a woman on suspicion of affray.”

Inquiries are ongoing in the area.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.