Two men have admitted causing violent disorder in an incident when a petrol bomb was thrown in a Burton street.

John Collins, 41, and Martin Collins, 19, both of Horninglow Road North, in the town, have now pleaded guilty to using or threatening unlawful violence during an incident on their street on April 7, this year.

They had previously denied all charges put to them when they appeared at Stafford Crown Court in May, but have changed their pleas at a crown court hearing on Wednesday, September 22.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said at the time crews were called to the Burton road at 1am to reports of an incident in the street, with the road having been cordoned off by police.

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Martin Collins has admitted violent disorder in that he used or threatening unlawful violence with others being three or more persons. He also admitted two counts of possession of offensive weapons, namely a crossbow and an axe.

John Collins admitted violent disorder in that he used or threatening unlawful violence with others on the same date. He also admitted possession of an explosive, namely a petrol bomb, to endanger life or cause serious injury to property or to enable another so to do. He also pleaded guilty to causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

Both men are to return to the court after reports have been prepared so they can be sentenced. A date for this is yet to be fixed.

Martin Collins continues to answers conditional bail to live and sleep at his home address; to abide by a curfew every night between 10.30pm and 7.30am; and not to leave Staffordshire expected to attend a boxing club in Church Gresley. John Collins remains remanded into custody.

At the time of the incident, neighbours told of being woken early in the morning one told how they at first thought it was revellers returning from town centre pubs but when they looked out of their windows they saw "an ambulance and lots of police cars" and realised it was a major incident.

One neighbour said: at the time: "I knew something had kicked off and there were a couple of police cars still parked here in the morning. I heard some shouting but I just thought some people had just been having a good time."

Another neighbour said: "I was outside seeing what happened. Basically I was watching telly and there was a crowd reaction and I thought, 'what's this noise?' as I didn't realise it was outside.

"I then saw an ambulance outside the house over the road and heard all the commotion and yelling. It can be annoying around here and it's worrying sometimes.

"There were a lot of police cars and blue lights. It's a nightmare but we try to keep ourselves to ourselves."

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