Banning orders show football disorder will not be tolerated

Police have taken action against fifteen people following two football disorder incidents in Sheffield last year.

Six males have appeared in court following incidents on the Supertram network before the Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall game on Saturday 25 August 2012.

All six pleaded guilty to criminal damage and public order offences when they appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday 15 January 2013. Five males received banning orders and fines, as below.

  • Dane Hills, 20, of Woodlands Road, Bexley Heath - three-year football banning order, £250 fine, £156.70 compensation
  • James McCarthy, 24, of Budleigh Crescent, Welling - three-year football banning order, £250 fine, £358.04 compensation
  • Daniel Hughes, 52, of Castlewood Drive, Eltham, London - three-year football banning order, £250 fine, £37 compensation
  • Ben Hughes, 17, of Castlewood Drive, Eltham, London - three-year football banning order, £250 fine, £37 compensation
  • Charlie Wells, 19, of Harders Road, Peckham, London - three-year football banning order, £250 fine, £128 compensation

The sixth man, Stephen Porter, 34, of Old Road, Lewisham, London, will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on 12 February 2013.

Nine males have now been identified and dealt with as part of the investigation into the football disorder at Hillsborough on Friday 19 October 2012 during the Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United match.

Five males have been reported on summons to court, three received conditional cautions of a ban from all Leeds United fixtures from 26 January to 24 February 2013, and a 21-year-old man received a 16-week custodial sentence and six-year banning order in October 2012.

Superintendent Shaun Morley said: “Football supporters and members of the wider public should feel safe on match days, whether that be on public transport, at the ground or going about their daily business. The range of actions taken, notably the lengthy banning orders, shows that together with our partners in the criminal justice system, mindless football disorder is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”

CCTV appeal - click attachment below

Officers still wish to speak to a further ten people to assist with the investigation into the Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United game. Officers would also like to hear from anyone with information about how a sign fell from the Upper West Stand causing injury to Leeds United fans below.

If you are one of the pictured people, or know who they are, please contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 279 of 19.11.12 and quote the corresponding number on the image.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and you could receive a cash reward of up to £1000 if your information leads to an arrest and charge.

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