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Bans are message to yobs.

A crackdown on football yobs was today welcomed by Cleveland Police .

Eight men who launched an attack on rival Queen's Park Rangers away fans at the Hartlepool United ground on March 13 this year have received banning orders.

Hartlepool Magistrates' Court heard yesterday the group tried to attack the QPR fans as they were under police escort to the train station.

All the men, from Hartlepool, were charged with threatening behaviour after being caught on CCTV cameras.

Detective Sergeant Ian Fawcett, of Cleveland Police's football intelligence unit, said: "The message is clear: if you become involved in football-related violence we will collate the evidence and place you before the courts.

"On this occasion the district judge rightly imposed football banning orders to prevent these males causing trouble at Hartlepool United football matches.

"Cleveland Police aims to ensure true supporters can attend and enjoy football matches without being subjected to violence by the mindless few."

Those subject to the orders are: Ian Charles Bailey, 26, of Murray Street - 100 hours community punishment order (CPO) and a three-year ban from the ground;

Philip Bailey, 44, of Mason Walk - six month curfew order from 7pm to 7am Thursday and Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday and four-year ban;

Andrew Dean O'Brien, 18, of High Street, Greatham - 60 hours CPO and three-year ban;

Andrew Parker, 23, of Monkton Road - 60 hours CPO, three-year ban;

Lee Lodge, 24, of St Abbs Walk - 100 hours CPO, three-year ban;

Jeffrey Wake, 28, of Haughton Street - already under a banning order - 60 hours CPO;

Paul Robinson, 27, of Brecongill Close - 100 hours CPO, three-year ban and; Kristian Paul Kirton, 30, of Laburnum Street - 100 hours CPO and three-year ban.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2004
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