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Trio given football banning orders after disorder before Stags home match

February 12, 2020
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Three men have been given football banning orders after admitting their parts in disorder before a Mansfield Town Football Club home game last year.

David Smith, of Cherry Grove, Warsop, Wesley Gibbons, of Chestnut Avenue Macclesfield, and Stephen Ward, of Westbury Drive, Macclesfield, all pleaded guilty to affray in relation to a clash between supporters before the Stags’ match against Macclesfield Town on 2 February 2019.

Nottinghamshire Police received a report that supporters of both clubs were fighting at the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand. The disorder continued for several minutes until stewards and police restored order.

Smith, 40, Gibbons, 24, and Ward, 47, were identified as a result of a post-match investigation by Nottinghamshire Police and Cheshire Constabulary.

The trio appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday 11 February 2020) for sentencing.

Smith was handed a three-year football banning order. He was also given a 12-month community order, including 40 hours’ unpaid work, ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Gibbons received a five-year football banning order. He was also given a 12-month community order, including 60 hours’ unpaid work, ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Ward was given a three-year football banning order. He was also handed a 12-month community order, including 40 hours’ unpaid work, ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Speaking after their sentencing Inspector Rob Taylor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We welcome these banning orders and sentences and hope they act as a warning to anyone attending a football match in the future, who may be intent on causing trouble, that they will be dealt with robustly by Nottinghamshire Police.

"We want to send a clear message to fans that any reckless, disorderly or criminal behaviour will not be tolerated and that we, as a police service, will actively seek banning orders for anyone brought before the courts.”

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