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Banning orders for East Lancs football hooligans
5:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
FOOTBALL hooligans from across East Lancashire who became embroiled in a street brawl following a pre-season game have been banned from every ground in the country for six years.
And two of the trio, detained after violence broke out in the wake of a friendly match between Burnley and Carlisle United last July, have been jailed by magistrates.
Police believe the confrontation in Carlisle city centre, after the Brunton Park clash which the Clarets won 4-1, had been pre-arranged by troublemakers.
Philip Palmer, 29, of Russell Court, and Sean Taggart, 25, of Villiers Street, both Burnley, and William Guilfoyle, also 25, of Cattle Street, Great Harwood, were convicted of using threatening behaviour when they appeared before North Cumbria Magistrates' Court.
Palmer and Taggart were each jailed for 60 days and given six-year football banning orders. Guilfoyle was given a one-year community order with 120 hours community service, and a four-year banning order.
After the case, Insp Neil Marr, of Lancashire Police, said: “I hope that the sentences passed down to Palmer, Taggart and Guilfoyle reflect how serious the police and the courts view these offences. While the majority of fans enjoy football matches and don’t get involved in any trouble, there are a few who think it’s acceptable to get involved in violent situations.
“I hope that these sentences serve as a warning that we will not tolerate any type of disruptive or violent behaviour from any football fans in Lancashire.
“My message to all fans, whether home or away, is to attend the match and not get involved in any incidents that could escalate into any type of altercation or violence.”
Two other Clarets fans and a Carlisle United supporter were released without charge. Around 420 fans are thought to have made the trip to Cumbria for the tie, where an increased police presence was noted.