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Four sentenced following Chesterfield versus Lincoln violence

Posted on 3rd July 2018

A man has been jailed for nine months for throwing a glass and arming himself with a bottle during disorder ahead of Chesterfield Football Club’s fixture against Lincoln City in October.

Appearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, June 22, Jack Soper – of Bookerhill Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – pleaded guilty to affray following disorder inside and outside a pub on Saltergate in Lincoln City Centre.

The 20-year-old was also issued with a six year football banning order and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.

At around 1.45pm on Saturday, October 17, our officers were called to reports of a brawl involving around 20 people. Soper was arrested later that day.

A number of arrests were made with Lincolnshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary then launching a joint investigation.

As well as the custodial sentence handed to Soper, Louis McAndrew of Windermere Road, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to affray and received a suspended sentence of six months.

The 19-year-old was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay costs totaling £540.

He is also now the subject of a three year football banning order; handed out at an earlier hearing before magistrates.

Connah Evans of Lincoln Way in North Wingfield pleaded guilty to criminal damage and affray and also received a six month suspended sentence.

The 18-year-old was also banned from football for three years, ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and told to pay costs totaling £455.

A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to affray and possession of a flare. North Derbyshire Juvenile Court handed him a nine month referral order and ordered him to pay costs totaling £105. He was issued with a Football Banning Order for four years.

PC Dave Wright of the Derbyshire Football Unit said: “Although the vast majority of football fans behave responsibly, there is unfortunately a small minority who still seek to cause disorder and disruption.

“This investigation and the sentences handed to each of these individuals shows it will not be tolerated.

“Those involved in this incident ha complete disregard for nearby members of the public.

“There were numerous people present inside and outside the location during this incident, including pub staff, one of whom suffered minor injuries during this incident, elderly people and children.

“We will continue to work closely with football clubs and other police forces to identify anyone involved and bring them to justice.”

Individuals with football banning orders are required to handover their passport while England are playing abroad.

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