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Football banning orders for two fans after disorder at Forest v Derby game

Two men have been given football banning orders after admitting their parts in disorder following the recent Nottingham Forest v Derby County fixture.

Lewis Bowater, of Belfield Road, Etwall, pleaded guilty to assault by beating after a Nottingham Forest supporter was punched in the jaw in Scarrington Road, West Bridgford, following the match on January 22.

James Burnett, of Woods Lane, Burton-upon-Trent, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence after throwing punches and kicks in the direction of police officers and horses in County Road.

Both men entered their pleas at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 15 February.

Bowater, aged 29, received a five-year football banning order and must complete 60 hours of community service. He must also pay a £95 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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Burnett, aged 20, was given a three-year football banning order and must pay a £400 fine, £40 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

Speaking after their sentencing PC Simon Travell, of Nottinghamshire Police’s football policing unit, said: “We recognise that the vast majority of fans attending the match, did so peacefully and without becoming involved in disorder.

“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 disorder, that they will be dealt with robustly by police football units working together.

“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 where appropriate.”

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