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All grounds ban for football hooligan aged 10

04/06/2004

A 10-year-old boy, thought to be the youngest person convicted of football hooliganism, has been banned from every ground in England and Wales.

Prosecuted by Hampshire and Isle of Wight CCP Nick Hawkins, the boy was among more than 30 rioting fans brought to justice following close co-operation between the CPS and police.

They were arrested after clashes with officers - some on horseback - at Portsmouth's derby match against Southampton in March.

The hooligans, frustrated at their inability to get at the visiting fans, turned on police, pelting them with rocks and attacking their horses.

The boy, just 4ft tall, who was caught on CCTV footage throwing missiles at police, admitted violent disorder when he appeared at Portsmouth Youth Court.

Nick Hawkins told the court: "Listening to the interview, it's clear he has a lack of respect for the police.

"He said he was not sorry for his actions because the police deserved it and he was not frightened because he was with his mates.

"I put it to the court that he is a 10-year-old who is fully aware of what he was doing."

As well as imposing the three-year ban the court ordered the boy, from Gosport, Hampshire, to report to a Youth Offending Team for nine months.

Afterwards, Nick praised the lawyers and caseworkers at Portsmouth CJU and Trials Unit for their work in handling cases from Operation Market, the police investigation into the riot.

"The disorder was on such a scale that 10 per cent of Hampshire's police force were deployed to deal with it.

"I decided that it was so serious it was only right that I should roll up my sleeves and help," said Nick, who provided pre-charge guidance to police and later, in his role as a Higher Court Advocate, dealt with a number of Crown Court hearings.

Of the Portsmouth fans arrested under Operation Market, 30 pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Ten adults who appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court for sentencing yesterday (2 nd June) received prison sentences ranging between nine and 18 months and six or seven-year-long football banning orders.

  • In interviews with the media on Operation Market, Hampshire Police praised the work of the CPS.