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Thrown PS2 costs Boro fan PS358.

Byline: KEANE DUNCAN keane.duncan@trinitymirror.com @keanedunk

AN OFFSHORE worker threw a PS2 coin towards away fans at a Middlesbrough match while "under the influence" of a sleeping pill.

Anthony Newton threw the "missile" when Boro clashed with West Bromwich Albion at the Riverside Stadium on January 31.

Teesside Magistrates' Court heard the 29-year-old had taken a sleeping pill before the match after recently returning home from three-week stint on a rig off the Shetland Islands.

Lynn Dalton, prosecuting, said: "At 8.05pm the defendant was captured on CCTV throwing a missile onto the pitch. That missile was found to be a PS2 coin.

"The CCTV showed an object flying across from south stand towards the visiting supporters, with the object landing on pitch. It was retrieved by a deputy chief steward."

Applying for a football banning order, she said: "These are offences that can ultimately cause large scale disturbances where huge crowds are present."

Newton, of Deepdale Avenue, Portrack, Stockton, was already subject to a community order until March 2018 for possession with intent to supply drugs.

Belinda Dobson, defending, said: "He actually works three weeks on and comes home for one week. He actually works three full weeks of night shifts."

She added: "He is deeply ashamed of his actions, but one thing he did tell me was that he had taken a sleeping pill and he was under the influence of that when the offence occurred."

Newton was ordered to pay a PS243 fine, PS85 costs and a PS30 victim surcharge, but avoided a football banning order.

Chairman of the Bench Frances Sugden said: "We are not going to give you a banning order because it's your first offence of this nature.

"It's a low level offence and it is not really proportionate to the offence. So just a fine."

In April, Darren Squire, 44, of Manor Road, Doncaster was handed a six-month conditional discharge for throwing an aluminium pie case during another game at the Riverside.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:May 29, 2017
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