Fifteen football hooligans have been sentenced for a terrifying mass brawl at a train station during which bottles were hurled and one man was stabbed in the face.
The fight involved Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers fans who were traveling home from separate matches in London. A row between two supporters at Kings Cross resulted in the Forest fan phoning for friends to meet the train at Newark in Nottinghamshire.
As the train pulled in the Forest fans began banging on the windows before the two groups confronted each other by an exit lobby.
Terrified passengers and staff ran for safety as the melee spilled out onto the platform, with punches, kicks and glass bottles being thrown.
One of the defendants, Ashley Allen, 20, was stabbed in the face with a broken bottle which left him with significant facial injuries,
A member of rail staff was also assaulted and told he would be pushed under the train during the confrontation on April 27 last year.
British Transport Police Det Insp Glen Alderson said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the passengers and staff who were at the station and on the train at the time of the incident.
“They were left fearing for their safety and understandably shaken and traumatised by the incident.
“Glass bottles were thrown and one of the defendants involved in the fighting was stabbed in the face with a broken bottle.
“We quickly launched an investigation and detectives worked hard to gather evidence against each of the 15 defendants.”
Det Insp Alderson added: “We simply do not tolerate this type of violent and barbaric behaviour.
“We’ve had great success in dealing with football related disorder, and serious incidents such as this are thankfully very rare on the railway network.
“By working closely with clubs, the rail industry, and football authorities, we’re making inroads into tackling the type crime that can ruin match days for law-abiding fans and members of the public.
“I hope that being banned from the club, along with the sentences handed down today serves as a stark reminder that football related disorder on the rail network is utterly unacceptable and will seek the maximum penalties for anyone involved.”
Forest fans were returning from an away fixture at Millwall. On the same day Doncaster Rovers were playing a league match at Brentford which saw them promoted to the Championship.
The 15 men were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today, having all pleaded guilty at various hearings. Eight Forest supporters were sentenced for their part in the disorder.
Steven Marsden, 54, of New Balderton, Newark was given a 12-month prison sentence and a six-year football banning order for affray and grievous bodily harm.
For affray, three Newark men – Jamie Johnson, 31, Christopher Cox 48, in Coddington; and 25-year-old Danny Smalley – were each sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and handed six-year football banning orders.
Luca Tricarico, 23, Farington, Leyland, was given a six-month prison term suspended for 18 months, 180 hours unpaid community work, £400 costs and a three-year football banning order.
Ian Watson, 39, of Balderton, Newark, was given 140 hours community order, £400 costs and a three-year football banning order.
Steven Jaye, 25, of, Newark was handed a three month prison term suspended for 18 months, 140 hours unpaid community work, £400 costs and a three-year football banning order.
Benjamin Weir, 22, Newark, was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 18 months, 140 hours unpaid community work, £400 costs and a three-year football banning order.
Of the Doncaster Rovers supporters, three were sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, 140 hours unpaid community work, ordered to pay £400 costs and handed three-year football banning orders.
They were Jordan Whitnall, 19, of Thorne; 43-year-old Graham Howarth of Scawthorpe; and Nigel Barnes, 42, of Scawthorpe.