Hampshire: Violent fans handed Football Banning Orders

15/02/2010

Four fans who were involved in violent clashes at this weekend's Southampton and Portsmouth match have been given three year Football Banning Orders at Southampton Magistrates' Court.

Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Hampshire & Isle of Wight, said: "The violence that marred Saturday's match is not acceptable and we and Hampshire Constabulary have acted quickly to bring those arrested at the game before the courts.

"As a result four men won't be able to watch their team play or go anywhere near a football ground on match day for three years. They will also have to surrender their passports if their team or England are playing abroad.

"We have always been clear that we will prosecute so-called 'fans' for offences of violence and disorder and seek Football Banning Orders to keep them away from genuine fans who are entitled to watch their team play in safety.

"We are seriously considering appealing the sentences handed to Digwa and Singh to the Crown Court so we can pursue Football Banning Orders for them."

Daniel Poskitt, 21, from Sholing Road, Southampton was charged with causing harassment, alarm or distress contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act. He pleaded guilty and was fined £135 and handed a three year banning order.

The following defendants were charged with fear or provocation of violence contrary to Section 4 of the Public Order Act.

Perran Maddern, 18, from Chichester pleaded guilty and was fined £200 and handed a three year banning order.

Mark Davis, 37, from Southampton pleaded guilty and was fined £350 and handed a three year banning order.

David Michael Guy, 44, from Bursledon pleaded guilty and was fined £367 and handed a three year banning order.

Ashley Singh, 19, from Southampton pleaded guilty and was fined £100.

Nick Singh Digwa, 29, from Southampton pleaded guilty and was fined £150.

Joseph Stephen Reeve, 20, from Waterlooville pleaded not guilty and a trial has been fixed for 16 June.

Allan Michael Taylor, 30, from Southampton pleaded not guilty and a trial has been fixed for 25 June.

Acting Superintendant Alison Scott from Hampshire Constabulary added: "We have jointly taken prompt and positive action with the CPS to deal with those we arrested and charged with causing violence at the weekend. It is unfortunate that a small minority of fans caused problems when more than 30,000 were able to enjoy this event for the excellent sporting fixture that it was".