Football fans convicted after mass brawl in London

Croydon Guardian: Footage of the brawl was posted on YouTube Footage of the brawl was posted on YouTube

Nine football hooligans have been convicted following a mass brawl between two sets of rival supporters.

Crystal Palace fans and Brighton and Hove Albion fans clashed outside King’s Cross Railway Station on November 10 2012.

Fans hurled glasses at each other along with bottles, sandwich boards and bollards.

Four men were convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court last week in the second of two trials relating to the disorder.

The brawl took place outside the Flying Scotsman, a pub and strip bar in Caledonian Road, where Palace fans were drinking after their team's win against Peterborough United earlier that day.

Metropolitan Police had deployed officers to Victoria station, where they anticipated trouble between Palace supporters and Brighton fans returning home from a match in Wolverhampton.

It meant just two officers were on-hand when the fight broke out in King's Cross, where the Brighton fans headed after leaving a train at Euston.

Jenny Hopkins, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: “This was a terrifying situation for members of the public who witnessed the violence.

“These men used the historic rivalry between their football clubs as an excuse for large-scale violence and disorder with no regard to members of the public nearby who were shocked and frightened by their behaviour.”

James Hackett, 21, of Norbury Avenue in Thornton Heath, and Robert Carl, 45, of Woodcote Road, Wallington, both pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Adam Marshall, 23, of Aston Way in Epsom, Hayden Johnson, 20, of Jesmond Road in Addiscombe, Declan Clarke, 22, of Miles Road in Epsom and Dean Kirby, 29, from Newchapel were all found guilty of violent disorder.

Jamie Finch, of Epsom and James Butler, of Crawley were both acquitted of violent disorder. The jury failed to reach a verdict in regards to James Dean, of Worthing.

In an earlier trial, Richard Kepner and Philip Blackman were sentenced to more than a year in prison.

Paul Zammit was given a suspended sentence and 180 hours community work.

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6:24pm Mon 16 Dec 13

christhegoth says...

At least it wasn't Croydon High Street...
At least it wasn't Croydon High Street... christhegoth

10:38am Thu 19 Dec 13

emelem says...

how in the world does it matter *where* it happened?? it shouldn't have happened at all!
pubs should be held partially responsible for continuing to serve *boys* (that need to grow up, get a life and realize IT'S JUST A GAME) who without a doubt had too much in them already.
how in the world does it matter *where* it happened?? it shouldn't have happened at all! pubs should be held partially responsible for continuing to serve *boys* (that need to grow up, get a life and realize IT'S JUST A GAME) who without a doubt had too much in them already. emelem

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