Nineteen Burnley fans charged after East Lancashire derby

SCENE: The Station pub, Cherry Tree, Blackburn

SCENE: The Station pub, Cherry Tree, Blackburn

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

NINETEEN Burnley fans have been charged after a planned fight with Blackburn Rovers supporters following the derby day clash at Ewood Park.

Groups of supporters from both clubs arrived at the Station Hotel pub, Cherry Tree, on October 18 after the lunchtime game between the bitter rivals.

A big police presence including mounted officers, dog units and riot officers made a total of 30 arrests, sealing the premises off in a bid to prevent the planned violence erupting.

The Clarets supporters turned up throughout today at Greenbank Police Station in Blackburn to answer police bail.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder and are due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

In the run up to the fixture on Sunday, October 18, police insisted all away fans travelled by official club coach.

After the game, football intelligence officers noticed fans moving in ones and twos away from the town centre, towards the Cherry Tree pub.

As police resources were directed to the Station Hotel they allegedly came under attack from bottles and cans thrown from the beer garden.

Some fans were told to leave the area and others were arrested at the time.

Eight Blackburn fans are also due to answer police bail on Monday in connection with the Station Hotel incident.

It was the only major occurrence in a massive police operation by Lancashire Constabulary to make sure the day passed peacefully.

There were 55 arrests directly related to the football match, including nine inside the ground.

The force has so far refused to reveal the cost of the operation ahead of the return fixture, scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, March 27.

Last month, one of the men arrested unsuccessfully applied for his bail conditions, banning him from attended football matches, be lifted.

>> FANS CHARGED

SEVENTEEN men and two boys have all been charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

All have been bailed to appear before Blackburn magistrates on Wednesday, January 20.

Two people who were previously charged will also appear before Blackburn magistrates on Wednesday. Ten other people remain on police bail.

The people charged are: Scott Page, 25, of Huntroyde Close, Burnley.

Mark Hamer, 27, of Olivant Street, Burnley.

Gary Davis, 23, of Culshaw Street, Burnley.

Andrew Davis, 26, of Culshaw Street, Burnley.

Billy Joe Hawthorn, 19, of Edge End Avenue, Brierfield.

Thomas McDonagh, 22, of Valley Road, Barnoldswick.

Sean Widdop, 23, of Hornbeam Way, Manchester.

James Murdoch, 30, of Hufling Lane, Burnley.

Ian Grice, 36, of Herbert Street, Padiham.

Andrew Briggs, 18, of Riverside Park, Whitewell Bottom.

Mathew Owen, 33, of Reynolds Street, Burnley.

Joshua Gornall, 21, of North View, in Yorkshire.

Steven Gornall, 48, of Skipton Road, Steeton, West Yorkshire.

David Carrington, 35, of Charlebury Avenue, Prestwich.

Ian Carrington, 30, of Romney Avenue, Burnley.

Stuart Craig, 22, of Haverholt Close, Colne.

Two 17-year-olds, from Chorley and Bacup, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have also been charged.

Also previously charged are: Daniel Tempest, 26, of Mitton Grove, Burnley.

Paul Hartley, 26, of Dall Street Burnley.

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