Five men charged with a racially aggravated public order offence

22/02/2013

Jenny Hopkins, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "CPS London has received a file from the Metropolitan Police in relation to wording used by five individuals at a football game between West Ham United at home and Stoke City on 19 November 2012.

"To proceed with a racially aggravated public order charge we need to be satisfied that abusive or insulting words were used within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. We also need to prove that the offence was in whole or in part motivated by hostility towards a racial group based on their membership of that group.

"Following a careful review of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge these individuals with a racially aggravated public order offence.

"They now stand charged with criminal offences and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

The defendants are: Jack Stratton, Mark Mahoney, Warren Kober, Sam King and Sam Sneddon.