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Football vandal fined over graffiti at Chester FC's stadium.

A Wrexham football fan who vandalised Chester FC's stadium has been slated by magistrates after proudly posting photos on Facebook.

The yob scrawled his allegiance to Wrexham FC in white spray paint across turnstile surfaces, columns and walls at the Blues' ground, days after the local derby last September.

Dean Roberts bragged about his act of defiance to fellow Wrexham fans on a Facebook banter site, posting photos of himself holding a spray can after causing around PS200 worth of damage to the Bumper's Lane stadium last September.

Unemployed Roberts said he targeted the stadium to prove Wrexham fans wrong after they said they didn't think he had the guts to do it.

But on Tuesday, the 18-year-old was criticised by a magistrate who described the actions as "complete stupidity" which were causing trouble for "honest fans". Magistrate Michael Martin, who acts as a steward at the Blues' matches, condemned the relationship between the rival clubs' fans, saying it now took a 'military operation' to put derby matches on.

"I know very well the bad relations between Chester and Wrexham are causing a lot of trouble for honest football fans," said Mr Martin.

"I regularly go and watch Chester and in the past watched Wrexham. Unfortunately it is now a military operation to put these matches on."

Mr Martin told the 18-year-old, from Tan-y-Coed in Wrexham, to 'grow up' saying it was an 'expensive prank' as he fined him PS70 and ordered him to pay PS200 in compensation to the football club.

Roberts was also ordered to pay a PS85 court costs and a PS20 victim surcharge.

On the evening of September 6 last year staff at the grounds saw two young men in the stadium. When they went to investigate they found WFC scrawled in white spray paint across four sites, including walls to the home side and turnstiles.

A groundsman chased Roberts and detained him until police arrived.

But moments after the crime a photo was posted on Roberts' Facebook profile and shared on the Wrexham FC v Chester banter page, showing Roberts proudly posing with a spray can next to a column covered in graffiti.

Roberts, who pleaded guilty to criminal damage at an earlier hearing, claimed he carried out the "prank" after an earlier incident when Chester FC fans allegedly defaced a memorial at the Wrexham club. No one has been arrested for this offence.

"This is going to hit Mr Roberts hard in the pocket," said Stephen Ferns defending.

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VANDALISED: Dean Roberts from Wrexham scrawled graffiti on columns and walls of Chester FC's Swansway Stadium in Bumper's Lane.

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
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Date:Mar 6, 2014
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