08:49AM, Thursday 17 January 2013
Former pupils at Windsor Boys' School were told they 'let their school down' after they were handed one-year community orders for 'mindless violence' in Eton.
Friends Billy Richardson, Samuel Hobbs and Declan Rodgers, all 18, and a fourth who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday.
The court heard how after a night out they set on two people getting into a taxi in Eton High Street, near Windsor Bridge, at 3.30am on November 13, 2011.
It heard how they got out of their car before throwing traffic cones, grabbing temporary roadwork signs and punching one of their victims.
One of the men attacked in the 'drunken brawl' had his face and an eye cut by a traffic cone which hit him, and also broke a bone in his foot.
Richardson, of Clewer Hill Road, was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and will be electronically tagged for one month as part of an 8pm to 7am curfew.
Waitrose employee Rodgers, of Bryer Place, was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and given the same curfew.
Hobbs, of Imperial Road, who worked at Legoland over Christmas, was handed 130 hours of unpaid work and handed the same curfew.
The fourth, who cannot be named, was given a young person's rehabilitation order of 140 hours of unpaid work and the same curfew.
All were ordered to pay £75 towards the prosecution's costs.
They had pleaded guilty to affray at the first opportunity, while Hobbs also admitted common assault for punching one of the victims.
Judge John Reddihough said the way they behaved made people in the country 'ashamed'.
He added they had escaped being jailed by a 'small margin'.
He said: "Week in, week out, young men like you at night are involved in violence on the streets and it is upsetting for members of the public to witness or read about in the newspapers.
"You have let yourselves down, let your schools down and let your families down by the mindless violence."
Judge Reddihough added it was a great shame they had 'blotted their copybooks'.
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