Rival thugs swinging machetes clash in front of shoppers in city centre

HORRIFIC CCTV footage captures the moment two lads square up to each other with machetes in a busy city centre.

Abdul Kefia whipped out his blade during an argument with Twayne Bailey in Newcastle last August as a crowd of bystanders backed away in terror.

A court heard that Bailey then pulled a huge machete out of his mate’s rucksack before the two started swinging knives at each other close to nearby shoppers.

Cameras caught Kefia, 26, lunging at Bailey, 21, while swinging his weapon over his head.

Bailey then threw his machete at Kefia in the hope of stopping his attack, Chronicle Live reports.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair then chased each other with their weapons.

Kefia was jailed on Friday for 20 months for affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Bailey was given 11 months for the same offences, but his sentence was suspended for two years.

Kefia had denied his charges while Bailey pleaded guilty.

Sentencing the pair, Recorder Andrew Haslam said: “People arming themselves with offensive weapons can’t be tolerated by this court.

“There is no good reason for anyone to have a machete in their possession in public.”

The court heard Bailey was told someone was looking for him on August 22 when he was approached by a man.

He had been warned the man carried weapons.

Kefia had apparently started to walk away but “within a split second” drew the machete he had concealed in his hoodie.

It was then that one of Bailey’s pals whispered to him to look in his rucksack, where Bailey found a machete.

He didn’t try to hit Kefia with it but threw it at him in a panic.

Bailey was said to accept what he did as being unacceptable and regretted his actions.

The judge said to Bailey: “You are a young man with your whole life in front of you. There is much good people talk of you.”