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Reece McLaren, 21, has been jailed for 20 weeks and banned from all football for EIGHT years

Reece McLaren, jailed for 20 weeks for affray after football related attack in Halifax

Reece McLaren, jailed for 20 weeks for affray after football related attack in Halifax

A Huddersfield Town fan who repeatedly punched a group of teenagers has been jailed for 20 weeks and banned from all football for EIGHT years.

Reece McLaren, 21, of Darbyfields, Golcar, admitted carrying out the ‘totally unprovoked’ attack on March 19 last year at Halifax Station.

British Transport Police revealed earlier that day, McLaren had been drinking with a group of around 10 fellow Town fans in Leeds city centre prior to their team’s fixture against Leeds United.

But despite an official ‘dispersal’ warning to leave the area due to the group’s behaviour, they travelled to Halifax and continued drinking near the station.

McLaren later returned to Halifax station and spotted the Halifax Town fans who had been to a FA Trophy semi-final fixture against Nantwich.

He told police he mistakenly believed the teenagers were rival Nantwich fans and began to throw punches at them.

As one of the victims managed to raise the alarm and call police, McLaren and other members of the group jumped onto the tracks and ran off down the line.

He was subsequently arrested a few days later after he was recognised by an officer.

Pc Wayne Mitchell said: “After already being made to leave Leeds city centre due to his behaviour, McLaren continued to drink and then attacked a group of teenagers who were simply minding their own business at the station after watching the match.

“All of which have been left extremely shaken by his unprovoked and unexpected attack on them. Not only is McLaren now behind bars but when he gets out he will be unable to go and watch his team – or any other – for the next eight years. This should act as a reminder to other troublemakers about the potential consequences of their actions,” said Pc Mitchell.

“The vast majority of football fans are well-behaved but sadly, there is a very small minority – like McLaren – who are intent on causing trouble.”

McLaren pleaded guilty to affray and was jailed last week at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

He was already serving a 32-month sentence for a public order offence committed in Rotherham in 2015 following an English Defence League demonstration.

Huddersfield Examiner

Four men have been found guilty and jailed for a combined total of over eight years for violent disorder in Rotherham in September 2015, following a two-week trial.

Reece Mclaren, Daniel Lee Luty, Dennis Farrell and John James Sheridan

Reece Mclaren, Daniel Lee Luty, Dennis Farrell and John James Sheridan

Reece Mclaren, Daniel Lee Luty, Dennis Farrell and John James Sheridan were convicted of violent disorder at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

Luty, Farrell and Sheridan each received two-year jail terms. McLaren was jailed for two years and eight months. Their sentences were increased by a third by the judge, taking into account the racial motivation of their actions.

Police launched an investigation after disorder broke out in Rotherham town centre on Saturday 5 September 2015, following a demonstration earlier that day.

A number of people were injured after bottles and bricks were thrown.

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