Banning orders totalling 81 years for football thugs

Grimsby

7 Jun 2019

Football banning orders totalling 81 years have been handed out to 26 men caught up in violence and disorder at the clash between Grimsby Town FC and Port Vale last year.

Jailing one of the men for 12 months in light of his appalling record of previous football related violence, Judge Roger Thomas told the others he wouldn’t hesitate to send them to prison too should they choose to behave this way in future.

Simon Fowler (left), 29, of Birks Street, Stoke-on-Trent, who admitted affray, was also given a six year football banning order.

Judge Thomas also praised the officers involved in the investigation into the disorder, which happened at Blundell Park, Grimsby, on Saturday, March 10, awarding them a judges’ commendation for their “watertight case” and “well founded police investigation and impressive operation”.

The other 25 men were all given three year football banning orders and suspended prison sentences, in what Superintendent Dave Hall hopes will serve as a warning to others that this kind of behaviour won’t be tolerated on our patch.

Supt Hall said: “Going to cheer on your team should be a fun occasion that you can share with the whole family and the overwhelming majority of supporters want to be able to come without fear of seeing or experiencing any threatening, intimidating or violent behaviour.

“For the small minority who don’t abide by these rules, I have a clear message. This kind of behaviour won’t be tolerated in this area and if you do get involved in violence or disorder of any kind, we will do everything in our power to find you, prosecute you and push for you to be issued with banning orders that will stop you from being able to go to matches in the future.

"That's our commitment to you ahead of the new season, which promises to be an exciting one - with the prospect of a local derby to look forward to."

The problems started after Grimsby scored an equaliser toward the end of the match on Saturday, March 10, and Vale supporters climbed onto the pitch to taunt the home fans.

Both sets of fans exchanged threats and abuse, jostling with the stewards.

As security officers rushed to hold back Vale supporters trying to climb over the wall from the stands into the sterile area between the two sets of fans, 49-year-old Gareth Jones opened a gate holding them back and they barged their way into the area.

When they found their way blocked by parked vehicles and stewards, some of the group then left the ground and spilled into the street outside, where there were a number of altercations between them and Grimsby supporters.

Supt Hall said: “One of the safety officers in the ground that day described it as the worst disorder he had seen in nine years in the job and terrified families were calling 999 from the stands

“This isn’t the behaviour of a true football supporter and I am delighted that those who were involved are now being punished for their actions.”

Sergeant Dan Healey, who led the investigation and was in court for the sentencing said: “Judge Thomas told all those who appeared before him that they had already cost the public too much and that they must give something back – both by paying court costs and in working in the community.”

The following admitted being involved in violent disorder:

Ryan Booth, 30 of Drenfell Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 250 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

 

Jack Ratcliffe, 23, of Albemarie Road, Newcastle, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 230 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

 

Matthew Mangham, 22, of Crossley Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 250 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

 

Nathan Billings, 33, of Argyll Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 230 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

John Smith, 29, of Stanier Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 230 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Jack Heeks, 26, of Leonard Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 250 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs. (no picture available)

Ryan Rafferty, 25, of Walley Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 250 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

Andrew Johnson, 45, of Fegg Hayes Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 250 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs. (no picture available)

 

The following admitted affray:

Tyreese Williams, 18, of King William Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work and £900 costs.

Michael Colley, 45, of Pensford Grove, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 200 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

Jack Robinson, 26, of Maryhill Close, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 200 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Connor Heath, 24, of Lyndhurst Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 200 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

James Moss, 20, Clandon Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 200 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Andrew Shingler, 37, of Wenger Crescent, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 220 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Richard Whitehead, 52, of Smithyfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 220 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Robert Mace, 51, of Fell Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 220 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Thomas Otter, 23, of Riley Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 220 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Lewis Ward, has also pleaded guilty to affray and will be sentenced at a later date.

 

The following admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Darren Underhill, 53, of Carlton Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Gareth Jones, 49, of Federation Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.

 

David Coupe, 30, of Albert Terrace, Newcastle, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs. (no picture available)

 

Thomas Robertson, 32, of Weston Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.
 

Steve Taylor, 33, of Kutton Lane, Newscastle, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs. (no picture available)
Daniel Bryant, 44, of Hawkins Grove, Grimsby, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs. (no picture available)

Richard Brownsword, 46, of Moorland View, Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of affray following a trial. He was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 220 hours of unpaid work and £3,500 costs.

 

Liam Barley, 23, of Haven Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour. He was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours of unpaid work and £1,800 costs.