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Worcester Away Jan 2010

A KIDDERMINSTER Harriers fan has been banned from attending matches for three years after causing trouble when a game against Worcester City was postponed.

Football fans crowded into Worcester city centre on Saturday, January 30, after the match between City and Harriers was called off because of a frozen pitch.

When a brawl involving supporters broke out in the Exchange pub in the Cornmarket, police were called and three people were cautioned.

Officers continued to monitor a group of fans who moved to Drummonds, New Street. ******* *****, 23, was among that group. The Harriers fan was seen by police to pick up a sign outside the bar and throw it into the road. He was arrested after he verbally abused an officer and struggled violently.

At Worcester Magistrates Court, *****, who works as an administrator in Worcester, admitted disorderly behaviour.

Sarah Stock, prosecuting, asked magistrates to make ***** the subject of a football banning order. She said he had already been identified by Harriers as a “risk supporter”.

In September, 2009 he had signed an acceptable behaviour agreement. His actions put him in breach of that agreement.

Mark Turnball, defending, said ***** was embarrassed and ashamed by his drunken actions.

He said: “He knows that his behaviour was unacceptable. It really is a case of consuming too much alcohol and getting caught up in the behaviour of others.”

The bench banned ***** from attending football matches anywhere in the UK for three years.

He was fined £160 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Rushden (A) 2007

Taken From Rushden & Diamonds Fans Forum

Hi everyone! Hope you are well?

Following the match last Monday, I just wanted to update you on what went on from the police side of things.

There has been a report of damage in Irthlingborough linked to some of the KHFC 'risk' group that attended. Some damage has not been reported to the police.

If you are a victim of damage suspected to be caused by these youths, please report your crime - 08453 700700.

Some of the these males have been identified and the Kidderminster FIO is looking to make arrests for any offences disclosed, including 'entering the playing area' (Frag - I hope they get what they deserve). CCTV has been requested from the club and ENDC for the incidents in Irthlingborough.

The Kidderminster FIO did send an intelligence assessment and a decision was made to go 'Police Free' our end! (Probably down to cost again). What really makes me mad is that if officers from Kidderminster had attended, this group would have been caught on video and monitored throughout the day!!!!!!!!! This would be at NO cost to Northants Police or the club. (The away teams officers are paid for by the away teams force - it's a National agreement!). I'm not saying that there would not have been any incidents or crime, but at least the genuine fans would have felt safe!

Anyway, just thought I would update you all.

Good luck for the rest of the season - that fixture against the 'ploppies' is looking good!

Burton (A) 2005

Midlands football louts targeted

A day of action planned as a crackdown on travelling football hooligans has passed off successfully.
British Transport Police targeted several matches across the country, including those of Birmingham City, Stoke City, Walsall and Kidderminster.

Extra police were put on trains taking the fans to matches to arrest any troublemakers and bar them from games.

A spokesman said the day, the second such day of action, had gone well and no arrests had been made.

Games targeted in the Midlands were Sheffield Wednesday v Stoke City in the Championship, Walsall v Rotherham in Division One and Burton Albion v Kidderminster

 (taken from the wolverhampton express and star- december 2005)

Cheltenham (H) 2004

Fan is guilty of air rifle charge

A KIDDERMINSTER Harriers soccer supporter has been convicted of having an air rifle on the way to a game in March last year.

******* ****** was accused of intending to cause supporters of Cheltenham Town to fear violence. He admitted possessing the weapon whilst prohibited because of a previous period in custody.

******, 19, of ****** Drive, Kidderminster, was remanded on bail at Hereford Crown Court for a pre-sentence report.

Recorder Martin Butterworth said he was granting bail "with some hesitation" as ****** had several previous convictions.

He imposed a 7am to 7pm curfew and banned ****** from attending any Harriers matches, home or away, or entering Kidderminster town centre.

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Thursday 5th May 2005

Soccer fan gets banned

A KIDDERMINSTER Harriers soccer fan has been banned from matches for the rest of the season for allegedly having a gun on the way to a home game.

****** ****** is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause Cheltenham Town supporters fear of violence.

The 18-year-old, of ****** Drive, Kidderminster, is also accused of resisting arrest and possession of a gun - an air rifle - when prohibited by a five-year ban.

Recorder Barbara Carter remanded him on bail at Worcester Crown Court on condition he does not attend home or away matches and keeps away from Kidderminster town centre on match days.

****** will appear at court again on June 20 for a plea and directions hearing.

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