Football fans issued with banning orders after disruption

Nottingham Magistrates Court
Nottingham Magistrates Court
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Following a disorder at the Notts County vs Mansfield Town football match on 14 January 2017, two men and two boys appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court yesterday (15 June 2017) for their part and in possession of and throwing flares at the football match.

• Perry Cranston, 22, of Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield was given a 3-year Football Banning Order and fines of £395.
• Ryan Armstrong, 26, of Langton Court, Sutton-in-Ashfield was given a 3-year Football Banning Order and ordered to pay fines of £480.
• A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a 3-year Football Banning Order, ordered to pay fines of £105 and given a 6 month referral to a youth offending team.
• A 15-year-old boy, who also cannot be named, received a police caution.

Chief Superintendent Mark Holland said:

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“During the match there were 14 smoke canisters or flares thrown on the pitch that at various times that caused the referee to pause the match. One further smoke bomb was activated in a pub.

“We work very closely with Notts County who were informed of the risk prior to the match and made every effort to search as many supporters as possible, but it is not possible to ensure a 100% search regime especially as large numbers of Mansfield supporters often arrive in a short period of time.

“These items can cause serious injury owing to the heat and smoke that can be inhaled. My main concern however, is the panic and confusion that can result in a confined area of a football stadium ‎should one of these devices be set off at a family event.

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“Joint planning meetings have led Notts County to hire specially trained sniffer dogs at key matches this season. I very much welcome the 3 year banning orders in the interests of football ground safety.”

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