A tea shop owner and her brother have been found guilty of attacking their village rivals.
Jayne Elizabeth Haworth, 50, who runs Mad Hatters Tea Shop and Patisserie in Franklands, Longton, and her brother, Mark Alan Taylor, 53, of Orchard Place, Much Hoole, have been prosecuted for a bust up with the mother-and-daughter team behind nearby Orchid Coffee Bar in Liverpool Road.
The dispute between Haworth and Taylor, and Orchid Coffee Bar owners Linda and Elizabeth Cartwright, started brewing almost eight months ago, over an unpaid bill.
Magistrates heard Haworth held her birthday celebrations at the genteel Orchid Coffee Bar in March, and there was a dispute over money, believed to be in the region of £80.
A month later, on April 26, Elizabeth Cartwright, then 19, and 53-year-old Linda hung up their aprons after a shift and headed for an evening out at the Golden Ball pub in Liverpool Road, Longton.
Later that night the mother and daughter bakers saw Haworth and Taylor, who shouted abuse, grabbed them and threatened them with violence.
Police were called, and Haworth was charged with assaulting Elizabeth and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
Taylor was charged with assault and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent.
Both Haworth and Taylor pleaded not guilty to all charges, but were found guilty after a trial earlier this month.
Haworth, of Chapel Lane, Longton, was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £15 victim surcharge and costs of £46.
Taylor was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.
In September, while still waiting to stand trial, Haworth opened up vintage-themed Mad Hatters, just 500 metres from Orchid Coffee Bar.
An appeal has been launched by Haworth and Taylor over the result of the case, and Taylor has launched a private civil prosecution against Elizabeth Cartwright.
Both parties declined to comment when approached by the Evening Post.