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Leeds United fan handed a three year football banning order

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4:31pm 31st January 2011

A Leeds United fan's received a three year football banning order following an investigation by British Transport Police.

24 year old David Jason Bradshaw from Fountayne Street in York was involved in a punch-up with Middlesbrough fans in December.

He'd previously been involved in disorderly conduct back in October 2010, again with Middlesbrough supports, and banned from any football matches in the UK until the end of 2011.

His actions broke the terms of his sentence and resulted in today's tougher banning order.

BACKGROUND

David Jason Bradshaw was handed the banning order today (Monday 31st January) at Teesside Crown Court.

Bradshaw was previously sentenced to 140hours community service and £80 costs and subject to a Community Order until 19th December 2011 at Teesside Magistrates Court in 20th December 2010, after he pleaded guilty to being involved in disorderly conduct at Middlesbrough railway station on 16th October 2010.

Under the terms of the ban Bradshaw must not enter any premises in which football is being played in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

When Leeds United are playing at home, he is not to enter the city centre or area next to the stadium three hours before and two hours after a match.

At away fixtures, Bradshaw is also not permitted to approach within a five mile radius of the stadium three hours prior to kick off and two hours after the end of the game.

Also on a day when Leeds United are playing an away game or the England national team are playing a home game, Bradshaw is banned from travelling on the rail network or London Underground transport system.

He will also be required to surrender his passport when Leeds United or England are involved in matches abroad.

On 16th December 2010, following a Middlesbrough v’s Leeds football fixture, police officers were escorting groups of rival fans from Middlesbrough stadium to the railway station. Officers held a number of Leeds fans on the station stairs while Middlesbrough fans were escorted through the station.

The two groups of fans began to goad each other. Bradshaw then broke through the police cordon and exchanged kicks and punches with a Middlesbrough supporter.

BTP Football Intelligence Officer Wayne Mitchell said:

“Fighting with rival fans and intimidating members of the public whether inside or outside the ground, or on public transport whilst travelling to and from a game, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by police.

“Those who think they can behave in such a way, and ruin law-abiding supporters and members of the public days out in the process, should know that we will seek banning orders. Such behaviour is not welcome on the railways or at football matches.”

PC Mitchell added, “The majority of football supporters are well behaved genuine fans who enjoy supporting their team in good spirits.

“It is only the behaviour of a small minority, Bradshaw, so called football fans, who were intent on causing violence.

“We work in partnership with Home Office police forces and football clubs around the country in order to build up an intelligence picture of risk supporters that can have an impact on our policing of home and away games.

“We will not tolerate antisocial behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol fuelled disorder. We use firm but fair policing and operate a zero tolerance approach when it comes to anti social behaviour and disorder when fans travel on the national rail network to football matches throughout the country.

“Where appropriate officers will always apply for football banning orders to prevent those keep those who do engage in football related disorder away from the rail network on match days.”

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