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FOOTBALL YOBS IN OFFSIDE TRAP.

Byline: MATT SLATER Crime Reporter

A HIT-LIST of football hooligans is being targeted by police.

Officers are vowing to hit them with football banning orders which would have them jailed if they go anywhere near a ground.

A total of 31 people are already banned, and officers are hoping to see that figure soar in a massive crackdown.

Every case of football-related trouble is being recorded with comprehensive profiles of the hooligans being drawn up.

When enough evidence is gathered against a thug,police will be seeking to get a banning order.

Merseyside police Liverpool FC football intelligence officer, Constable Ian Kidd,has secured 14 banning orders.

As well as hooligans they include two ticket touts and streaker Mark Roberts, 39,from Toxteth.

Everton football intelligence officer, Det Con Ian Miller, has secured a total of 17 orders.

They include the case of disabled fan Ian Nash, 38, from Fazakerley, who threw his crutch at Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka. He was banned for three years.

The two officers are also hopeful criminal court judges will continue to use Home Office legislation to ban thugs who are convicted of taking part in football-related violence.

DC Miller and PC Kidd have around 10 prime targets in their sights who they hope to hit with banning orders. They have a list of names who they are in the process of building up evidence against.

DC Miller said: ``We work closely with the force solicitor to make sure we get these football banning orders.

``The evidence has to be strong but we are determined to use the laws to the maximum.

``These people have no right to be anywhere near football and are not wanted by anyone involved with the game.''

PC Kidd said: ``There are no concrete figures of how many banning orders we want to get. If anyone wants to use football as a way of causing trouble we will stop them.''

The two officers have their own football intelligence unit based at Walton Lane police station.

They spend hours studying CCTV footage of soccer-related violence to pick out hooligans and go to both Liverpool and Everton away games.

Shame game

PEOPLE under Merseyside Police banning orders after trouble before, during or after Liverpool or Everton games include: Peter Meehan, 29,of Stapley Gardens, Halewood, six year ban. Ian Nash, 27,of Dereham Crescent, Fazakerley, three year ban. John Hill, 25,of Blisworth Street,Litherland,four year ban. Daniel Perkins,19,of Maryslessor Street, Coventry, three year ban. Andrew Franey, 22,of Chepstow Close, Warrington,four year ban. Donald Cropper, 29,of Rock Grove,West Derby, four year ban. Gary Carney, 34,of Little Barn Hey,Netherton, three year ban. Neil Braithwaite, 32,of Kirkstone Road North,Litherland, three year ban. Kenneth Elcock,42,of Lucas Avenue,York, three year ban. Christopher Gilligan, 22,of Bingley Road,Anfield, three year ban. Mark Nicholls, 20,of Utting Avenue,Anfield, two year ban. Joseph Flannagan, 24,of Bulford Road,Fazakerley, three year ban. John Rowson, 27,of Jesmond Street,Wavertree, six year ban. Mathew Gore, 38,of Folkstone Way,Runcorn, three year ban. Mark Deallott, 37,of Windsor Road,Bootle, six year ban. Bradley Taylor, 21,of Paignton Close, Huyton, three year ban. Samuel Bunbury, 22,of St Annes Avenue, Leeds, three year ban. Paul Carter, 33,of John Daniels Way, Gloucester, three year ban. James Davies, 20,of Queens Road,Formby, three year ban. Brian Garritty, 20,of Reading Street,Anfield, three year ban. Anthony Garside, 36,of Lower House Lane,Norris Green, three year ban. James Gibney, 27,of Muirhead Avenue,Clubmoor, three year ban. Vincent Jones, 30, of Lee Park Avenue,Belle Vale, three year ban. Peter Lyons 38,of Wilson Drive,Knowsley Village, two year ban. Sean McCaffrey, 28,of Ravenhead Avenue,Kirkby, three year ban. Mark Mould, 23, of Caldwell Road,Allerton, three year ban. Terry Riley,19,of Lancaster Close,Everton, three year ban. Mark Roberts, 39,of Belvedere Road,Toxteth,five year ban. Lee Walsh, 24,of Harleston Road,Kirkby, three year ban. Daniel Jones, 20,from Birmingham, three year ban.

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