Gangs jailed over hospital clash The gang members had caused "mayhem and panic" Gang members who clashed in a hospital - causing medics and patients to "flee for their lives" - have been jailed. The members of the notorious Gooch Close and Longsight Crew gangs stumbled across each other at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Preston Crown Court heard. Gang members were in the hospital in April 2004 for treatment after being victims of "drive-by" shootings. Eight admitted affray and two admitted public order offences. The judge issued custodial and community sentences. The court was told gang members had chased each other through hospital corridors on bikes and pulled guns on their rivals. The effect on patients and staff were dramatic and some require counselling Judge Andrew Gilbart QC But the guns were smuggled out of the hospital in the chaos after police arrived and arrested several gang members and no firearms charges were brought. They had clashed in corridors, wards, the x-ray department and the fracture department, causing "mayhem and panic", Robert Elias, prosecuting, said. The trouble started after Fabio Ricketts, 20, from the Gooch Gang, spotted a rival in the hospital, he added. The Longsight Crew then phoned fellow gang members for back up and two waves of hoodlums soon descended on the hospital, he said. "The arrival of the second group caused panic amongst hospital staff and members of the public," he added. Medics and staff fled from the gang members "At least two individuals were armed with firearms, or imitation firearms, one had a hammer. "Hospital staff, patients and visitors fled for their lives." As one gang member fled the scene and jumped over a desk, his gun went skimming over the floor, the court heard. Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Gilbart QC, said: "Hospitals are essential to the well-being of all and an essential feature of a civilised society. 'Disgraceful scene' "It's a place for care and compassion. I'm not aware of any previous case where the corridors of a hospital and its clinics have been turned into a battleground for the continuation of a feud by street gangs. "This was a disgraceful scene in the hospital corridors and clinics. The effect on patients and staff were dramatic and some require counselling." Five members of the Longsight Crew were jailed. They were Warren Laing, 25, for 20 months, Tyrone Gilbert, 21, for 20 months, Matthew McFarquahar, 18, for 16 months, Rennie Dixon, 26, for 26 months, and Mark Carroll, 20, for 20 months. Three of the Gooch Gang were jailed. Antonio Wint, 18, for 20 months, Fabio Ricketts, 20, for 30 months, and Faisal Aszal, 19, for 21 months. All eight men had pleaded guilty to affray. Aszal, Wint and Ricketts were also given five year ASBO orders.