Football banning order issued to abusive drunk

Grimsby: Ian John Lawless evicted from match due to drunken abusive behaviour is issued with banning order

8 Feb 2018

On Saturday 25 November 2017 Grimsby Town were playing away at Barnet in North London.

During half time the Ian John Lawless of Macaulay Street, Grimsby, was ejected from the ground by club stewards for swearing at a female steward and then refusing to leave. He was heavily intoxicated and had to be forcibly removed from the ground. He put up a struggle and was arrested for a public order offence and being drunk inside a football stadium.

Ian Lawless appeared at Willesden Magistrates Court on 2 February and was found guilty of the offence and was given a three-year football banning order.

Humberside Police’s Dedicated Football Officer PC Paul Hurrell said, “We work very closely with Police Forces around the country and football related antisocial behaviour, violence and disorder will not be tolerated.

“Banning people like Ian Lawless from football games makes it safer for everyone to go to football matches.  Families do not want to have to suffer from hearing abusive language and drunkenness and want to support their teams without fear of violence or intimidation.”

We want to hear from anyone who has any information regarding any of the small minority of Grimsby Town supporters who look to spoil the match day experience for others by causing trouble – if you can help us rid the game of violence call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.