Jailed Toon Fans Hadn't Been To The Match!
Two Newcastle fans have been jailed for their part in the violence that erupted after the last Tyne-Wear derby.
Jason Daw and Daniel Wood were also given football banning orders keeping them away from matches and stadia for six years following the scenes in Newcastle in April.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Toon fans threw bottles, bricks and smoke bombs at police in a bid to attack Sunderland supporters who were being escorted away from St James’s Park after the 3-0 win.
Judge James Goss QC yesterday jailed seven men, including Daw and Wood, who were involved in the violence and said deterrent sentences must be passed in such cases. None of them had actually been to the match.
Daw was seen at the front of a group confronting police horses and their riders and was caught on CCTV throwing three or four bottles he had picked up from an upturned bin.
The 26-year-old, of John Williamson Street, South Shields, was jailed for 16 months after admitting violent disorder.
Wood, 22, of May Close, Hebburn, also admitted violent disorder and was jailed for 12 months.
The court heard the former season ticket holder “made the dreadful mistake” of spending £70 on vodkas while watching the match in a bar before the trouble, in which he threw bottles and lashed out at a police van.
Police who came under attack said the trouble was the worst derby day violence they had seen in years and the mob was described as acting like “lunatics”.
The judge said: “Those who joined in chose to become part of it. None of those being sentenced today actually attended the match but each came to the area knowing the match was being played.
“Missiles were repeatedly thrown at police and Sunderland fans, however, fortunately, only minor injures were sustained by a small number of people.
“A limited amount of damage was caused. It was, nevertheless, a serious and now notorious incident causing considerable fear.”
The court heard there had been a small amount of trouble before the match started, but the real violence flared afterwards.
Prosecutor Emma Dowling, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court around 1,000 officers from Northumbria Police were deployed in the city and a further 53 at the Central Station.
Others jailed yesterday included Reece Gillon, 21, of Stanley Road, Prudhoe, Gary Boyd, 20, of Clavering Road, Swalwell and Byron Ford, 27, of Milburn Road, Ashington, who all admitted violent disorder. Gillon received 21 months, Boyd 15 months and Ford for 12 months.
Liam Gray, 18, of The Crescent, Dunston, and Nathan Murphy, 18, from Grange Crescent, Leam Lane, also admitted violent disorder. Gray was jailed for 18 months and Murphy for 10 months.
All were given football banning orders to keep them away from matches and stadia for six years.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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