Five Bristol City supporters given Football Banning Orders

22/05/2012

The Crown Prosecution Service has successfully applied for Football Banning Orders (FBOs) against five defendants who appeared on Friday 18 May at Bristol Crown Court, banning them from matches for a minimum of three years. They had all been convicted of football-related violent disorder at an earlier hearing.

Richard Ellis, Neil Grey, Lee Charlton, Paul Stitt and Christopher Moore appeared today at Bristol Crown Court. In addition to the Football Banning Orders, all five were given suspended sentences ranging from 7 months to a year, and will have to undertake unpaid community service.

Commenting on these successful convictions, CPS specialist football prosecutor, Rowena Goodwin, said: "People should be able to watch football matches in safety, wherever they choose to do so and no matter what team they choose to support.

"The excellent relationship the CPS has built up with police forces has helped us to tackle violence and hooliganism at and around football matches. Football Banning Orders are an effective deterrent to those who engage in this sort of behaviour and the CPS will continue to work with Avon and Somerset police to use them as a sanction against offenders.

"CPS specialist football prosecutors work closely with the police, providing guidance and pre-charge advice. They focus on any evidence of football related violence, applying for FBOs where appropriate."

Those issued with FBOs have to surrender their passports, are prevented from travelling to future international competitions and are banned completely from attending domestic football matches.

Paul Stitt: 12 months suspended for 2 years; 270 hours unpaid work; Football Banning Order for 4 years; £800 costs.   Neil Grey: 10 months suspended for 2 years; 270 hours unpaid work; Football Banning Order for 3 years; £800 costs. Christopher Moore: 10 months suspended for 2 years; 270 hours unpaid work; Football Banning Order for 3 years; £800 costs.   Richard Ellis: 7 months suspended for 2 years; 180 hours unpaid work; Football Banning Order for 3 years; £150 costs.   Lee Charlton: 8 months suspended for 2 years; 180 hours unpaid work; Football Banning Order for 3 years; £150 costs.

Breaching the requirements of a FBO is a summary imprisonable offence contrary to Section 14J of the Football Spectators Act.

Anyone receiving a FBO this season will not be able to travel to the European 2012 Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer. Their FBO will also require them to surrender their passports and will prevent them travelling anywhere abroad during the tournament.