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SOCCER THUG WHO BROKE OFFICER'S FINGER IS JAILED.

Byline: Emma Davison Court Reporter emma.davison@examiner.co.uk

A FOOTBALL yob who broke a bone in a police officer's hand as he was arrested for his part in a town centre brawl has been handed another prison term.

Craig Roberts was jailed for 17 months following the incident in St George's Square.

The fight involved a group of Barnsley supporters and erupted on March 1. During a previous appearance at Kirklees Magistrates' Court Roberts admitted charges of threatening behaviour and failing to comply with a banning order.

Roberts, of Brownroyd Avenue in Rawthorpe, was sent to Leeds Crown Court where he was jailed.

Yesterday he appeared before District Judge Michael Fanning sitting in Huddersfield via a prison video link. He pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable.

The assault arose from the incident which happened at around 6pm after the Huddersfield Town-Barnsley game.

Barnsley fans were on their way to Huddersfield Railway Station. Roberts was part of a group of 10 to 15 people involved in a confrontation with around five Barnsley supporters.

There was an exchange of blows and Roberts, described as the main instigator, was caught in Westgate.

He was then put into a police van loaded with gear including riot shields.

Andy Wills, prosecuting, said Roberts took an dislike to one of the officers and called him names.

The 29-year-old then started to wipe blood he had from his injuries onto the jacket of another officer.

Mr Wills said that the officer used a 'pre-emptive strike' to stop Roberts from causing him harm.

He said: "There was a struggle. He believed he (Roberts) was going to bite him or headbutt him.

"The officer noticed some damage to his hand.

"He was taken to hospital and it was confirmed he'd broken a bone in his right hand as a result of the incident."

Roberts said he felt he was responsible for the officer's injuries. He was previously jailed for 17 months after the offence was committed during his suspended sentence order.

Roberts also received a football banning order for six years.

Judge Fanning sentenced him to 12 weeks for the new offence, but this will run concurrently to and not affect his current sentence.

He told him: "This is an incident which arose during a period of sustained football-related violence for which you have already received a lengthy sentence.

"Scuffling with officers will always attract a heavy sentence."

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