TWO members of Burnley's notorious hooligan firm' the Suicide Squad have been told to stay away from football grounds or face jail.

Adrian Porter, 45, the brother of Andrew, author of the Suicide Squad' book, and William Harbour, 38, were given a three-year football banning order at Reedley Magistrates Court yesterday.

It came after the pair were arrested while attempting to board a plane to go to the World Cup in Germany at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport this summer.

Porter, of Emily Street, Burnley and Harbour, of Olympia Street, who have a string of violence related convictions, were arrested as part of Lancashire Police's Operation Fixture to stamp out football hooliganism and violence.

Barrister Kendrick Horne, on behalf of Lancashire Police, made reference to Andrew Porter's book in court.

He said: "There is some hearsay evidence confirmed in the book Suicide Squad written by Adrian Porter's brother which lists Harbour as one of the members of the football Suicide Squad hooligan group."

He added: "With their records the police considered it would be helpful for a banning order to be made to prevent the risk of violence occurring in the future."

Harbour is also pictured on the back of the controversial book bearing a Burnley Football Club tattoo on his back. Porter is also referred to and pictured throughout the book.

The court was told that Porter, who was jailed for 18 months in prison for his part in disorder and violence during the Burnley Riots, had public order offences dating back to the 1990s.

Reedley Magistrates banned the pair from football grounds for the maximum three years and ordered them to surrender their passports to Burnley Police Station within five days.

They were also told they must adhere to an exclusion zone set out by police banning them from the vicinity of Turf Moor and Burnley town centre for three hours before and after a home game.

Chair of the Bench Christopher Creelman warned: "If you do not comply with the order it's a prisonable offence."

Victoria Marquis, defending, said: "They have been lifelong supporters of Burnley Football Club. They were stopped by the police on their way to Germany and fully complied. The order is not contested."

Speaking after the case Porter said: "I have been a lifelong supporter but we accept the order. However, I have not been in trouble relating to football violence for the past 16 years. It's just one of them things."

Speaking after the hearing at Reedley Magistrates Sergeant Colin Hudson, of Operation Fixture, said: "We are pleased with the outcome and feel it will contribute towards a reduction of violence. It also sends out a clear message that the police and courts take football hooliganism seriously and it should act as a warning to others."