Posted on 20th August 2014
An Aston Villa supporter who was found in possession of a smoke grenade at a football match in Chesterfield has been banned from attending matches for three years.
Scott Maxwell (21) of Thirlmere Road, Hinckley in Leicestershire, was arrested at a pre-season friendly match between Chesterfield FC and Aston Villa FC at the Proact Stadium on Wednesday July 30 2014. He was later charged with being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a designated sporting event.
He appeared at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court on Friday August 15 where he was issued with a three year football banning order and fined £245, with a victim surcharge of £24 and £85 costs.
PC David Wright, Chesterfield’s football intelligence officer, said: “Mr Maxwell was of previous good character but this sentence shows how seriously magistrates take these matters.
“There has been a significant increase in the use of pyrotechnics at football fixtures up and down the country. People need to realise that it is illegal and also very dangerous.
“There have been a number of incidents where injuries have been sustained and people have required hospital treatment for burns to their hands, neck, legs , feet and eyes along with smoke inhalation.
“These devices will also affect other innocent supporters who are sitting in the vicinity of one when it is ignited.
“Anyone found in possession or igniting such articles in connection with football fixtures will be arrested and put before the courts.”