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POMPEY football thugs who terrorised Portsmouth city centre ahead of a Plymouth game were shown no mercy by a judge who threw eight hooligans behind bars for a total of nearly 10 years.

The gang of 16 defendants, who appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court throughout the week, were clinging to the hope they may be spared jail for their violent disorder before the League Two clash in April last year.

Stills from body-worn police cameras during violence before the Pompey-Plymouth game in 2017. 'Eight men have now been jailed.

Stills from body-worn police cameras during violence before the Pompey-Plymouth game in 2017. ‘Eight men have now been jailed.

But those hopes were crushed for half of them as one by one they were sent down.

Despite lengthy running battles against police in Guildhall Square and clashes with Plymouth fans, including where one was repeatedly booted like a football, things could have been far worse.

Sentencing the group, Judge Timothy Mousley said: ‘It is a matter of luck there were no serious injuries especially to the man on the floor getting kicked.’

Robbie Fowler, 22, of April Square, Landport, was handed the longest jail term out of the hooligans after he was given two years behind bars and a six year football banning order.

Judge Mousley told Fowler, who was serving a four year banning order at the time, he was the ‘most prominent among the group’ with him seen ‘limbering up’ to fight. Chief among his offences in amongst the constant violent disorder were him kicking out at a police dog and trying to get a policeman to fight him.

Matthew Allinson, 33, of Frogmore Lane, Waterlooville was given 18 months jail and a six year football banning order.

Richard Hampshire, 26, of Tudor Crescent, was given 14 months custody and a six year football banning order.

Ryan Keating, 19, of Oxenwood Green, Havant, was given 13 months in a young offenders institute and a six year football banning order.

Anthony Hopkins, 22, of Langley Road, Buckland, was given 12 months prison and a six year football banning order.

Tommy Russell, 20, of Appleshaw Green, Havant, received 12 months at a young offenders institute and a six year banning order.

Harley Hawkins, 19, of Whitecliffe Avenue, Copnor, was handed the same sentence.

Sean Mitchell, 46, of Chaucer Drive, Chichester, was handed 14 months prison and a six year football banning order.

Simon Hore, 33, of Medina Road, Cosham, was given 13 months prison suspended for 18 months, 250 hours unpaid work, compensation of £250 to Pompey and a four year football banning order.

Louis Glasspool received the same sentence but was given 10 months at a young offenders institute suspended for 18 months.

Harry Jarvie, 21, of Manor Road, Buckland also received the same but was given 12 months jail suspended for 18 months.

Connor Bowen, 19, of Lower Farlington Road, Farlington, was handed eight months in a detention centre suspended for 18 months, was given 250 hours unpaid work, 20 rehabilitation days, told to pay Pompey £250 and given a four year football banning order.

Tommy Houlden, 19, of Hayling Avenue, Copnor, was given the same as Bowen but was given 15 months at a detention centre suspended for 18 months and 15 rehabilitation days.

Asa Palmer, 23, of Sea View Road, Drayton, got nine months jail suspended for 18 months, 250 hours unpaid work, 20 rehabilitation days, told to pay compensation of £250 and a four year football banning order.

Jack Stobart, 23, of April Square, Landport, was given 12 months jail suspended for 18 months, 250 hours unpaid work, a four year football banning order and told to pay Pompey £250.

Shane Bartram, 26, of Goodwood Road, Southsea, got 12 months prison suspended for 18 months, as well as 250 hours unpaid work, told to pay £250 compensation and a four year banning order.
Portsmouth News

Sirrs was jailed for more than 12 years for his part in horrific racist attacks on Middle Eastern immigrants in Hull

Drug dealer Christopher Sirrs has this week been orders to pay back £3,000 from his ill-gotten gains – but he hides a shocking racist past.

Sirrs, 44, was one of two racist ringleaders who led a violent neo-Nazi campaign against asylum-seekers in Hull 14 years ago.

Sirrs was handed a 14-and-a-half year sentence which was cut to 12-and-a-half years on appeal, while his thug cohort Ben Povey was handed a 19-year sentence reduced to 15 years on appeal.

Bloodthirsty guttersnipes

During sentence, the judge at the time described them as “bloodthirsty guttersnipes”.

Povey and Sirrs mowed down an Iraqi asylum-seeker, sending him flying into the air “like a rag doll” and shattering his leg in three places. Later Povey, when asked about the attack, said to his girlfriend: “They should all die.”

Mugshots of Christopher Sirrs (left) and Ben Povey who was jailed in 2004 for racial violence

Mugshots of Christopher Sirrs (left) and Ben Povey who was jailed in 2004 for racial violence

It was just one of a serious of violent scenes which brought Hull’s racial tensions to melting point in the searing heat of July 2004.

Gang warfare

The city had become a battleground as gangs clashed in the streets, brandishing lead pipes, baseball bats, Samurai swords and planks of wood studded with nails. Cars were set alight with petrol bombs.

Judge Tom Cracknell said at the time the men were sentenced: “I regard Sirrs and Povey as very dangerous young men. They have not shown one moment of remorse about their conduct.”

Christopher Sirrs

Christopher Sirrs

The pair had joined the Hull Cruise Club – a group which spent its evenings driving souped-up cars around the streets.

Sirrs, then 30, was adept at manipulating younger members of a club which until then was described by police as a “nuisance rather than a menace”.

Thug who thinks he has a brain

Detective Inspector Mark Smith, the officer in charge, speaking after the men were sentenced said: “Sirrs is just a thug who thinks he has a brain.

“He likes to have people around him, likes to have muscle, and he seems to command respect among this element. [He] wouldn’t think twice about just petrol-bombing your house or car.”

Trouble flared in 2004 when a group of immigrants began driving their cars around the same area as the club. A minor clash led to a series of battles with cars being rammed or smashed up with baseball bats.

In mid-July Povey smashed the windscreen of a Vauxhall car driven by immigrants while Sirrs threw a petrol bomb at the vehicle. They pursued it with Povey swinging a Samurai sword from the open sunroof.

Mowed down

A few days later, two immigrants made the mistake of parking their car in the area before going out to a nightclub.

They returned in the early hours to be met by a gang hurling racist abuse because they believed they were among a group of Kosovans who had damaged the club’s cars.

One was hit with a baseball bat and the two fled up the street, with Sirrs and Povey in pursuit.

The car being driven by Sirrs, with Povey as passenger, crossed the central reservation and ploughed into the other man, sending him flying into the air, before driving off. Other members of the gang stayed to abuse the Iraqi with racist taunts as he lay there injured and in pain.

The attack led to further tension as members of the local immigrant community clashed violently with the gang members.

Witness intimidation

Sirrs and Povey had also tried to intimidate witnesses. Povey fire-bombed a car belonging to the family of a witness while both telephoned him to get him to change his statement.

Povey was convicted of causing Mr Mohammed grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Hull Crown Court. He was also jailed for making petrol bombs, intimidating witnesses, arson, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Sirrs was jailed for grievous bodily harm, which he admitted, and convicted of possession of a Samurai sword and nail-embedded pickaxe handle, making an explosive substance, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.

Others were also jailed following that summer of madness for assaults, arson, making explosives and violent disorder.

Sirrs has continued his life of crime and is back in jail after admitting possession of amphetamine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

Hull Daily Mail

A Neo Nazi who had been on the run for over ten years for an unprovoked racially aggravated attack is finally behind bars.

Alan Thompson was sentenced on December 18th at Southend Crown Court to 11 years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm and 4 1/2 years imprisonment for violent disorder, to run concurrently for his part in a violent attack on two teenagers that left one of them fighting for their life back in 2002.

Darren Bagalo and his friend Farman Khan who were 17 and 18 at the time had been on a night out with family and friends in Romford town centre. As they made their way home a gang of men armed with knuckle dusters and knives attacked them, punching, kicking and stabbing both in a sustained attack.

Moments before the attack the assailants were seen by passers-by and CCTV making Nazi salutes.

The two youths were rushed to hospital where they underwent immediate surgery for serious stab wounds. Darren Bagalo’s injuries, which included stab wounds to the abdomen and torso and kicks to the head, were initially life-threatening, while Farman Khan had been stabbed in the arm.

In 2003 Neil Tarrant, Philip Curson, Paul Knight, Gavin Hockley and Alan Lethbridge were all found guilty of violent disorder at Snaresbrook crown court. A sixth man Robert Bell, who had stabbed one of the youths in the shoulder, was found guilty of violent disorder and GBH. The 6 men were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 1 1/2 years to 7 1/2 years.

The court heard the police found stacks of magazines supporting the Ku Klux Klan and Combat 18 at Gavin Hockley’s home. They also found 150 leaflets with the words Keep Romford White, as well as a photo of Curson,Hockley and Tarrant posing in front of a Nazi flag holding a knuckle duster, cosh and baseball bat.

Hockley had a collage of 150, mostly fascist, photos. In one picture he had cut out Adolf Hitler’s face and replaced it with his own.

Thompson,the seventh and final member of the gang was once a BNP member and was very close to their first councillor Derek Beackon.He was also a founder member with Combat 18 and was a high profile member of their north London unit when it was first established in 1992.

Hope not Hate

Five far right thugs admitted violent disorder in city centre two years ago

Five thugs who styled themselves the “Polish hooligans” and travelled to Liverpool to take part in a far-right rally in the city centre avoided prison sentences.

They were recruited by a group calling itself the North West Infidels , who organised the anti-immigration march on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

It led to widespread disturbances on Lime Street and around St George’s Plateau as the far-right mob were met by equally determined counter demonstrators.

Police struggled to keep order and a number of people, including police officers, were injured as cobblestones, fireworks, bottles and other missiles were hurled between the two groups.

Five Polish nationals – Lukasz Poczesny, 34, Igor Fiodorow, 20, Marcin Lasota, 33, Patryk Lesniowski, 22, and Mateusz Slezak, 26 – all appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing this afternoon after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Simon Driver, prosecuting, said no attempts had been made to liaise with Merseyside police ahead of the planned rally.

Mr Driver said an already tense stand-off between the two groups was further inflamed by the arrival of the “Polish hooligans” gang, who were wearing black hooded jackets and intimidating masks.

He added: “The arrival of this group was a catalyst for an increase in the levels of violence which then ensued between the opposing factions.

Igor Fiodorow - one of four charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder after clashes between anti-fascists and the far-right protestors

Igor Fiodorow – one of four charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder after clashes between anti-fascists and the far-right protestors

“Police officers came under direct attack from both sides. Items including industrial fireworks, flares, bottles, cobblestones, eggs, fruit and vegetables and other missiles were thrown at the police and the opposing groups.

“A police inspector was knocked unconscious by a missile and a police constable suffered a broken wrist.”

Other injuries including a young woman who suffered a facial injury that needed plastic surgery, and a man who suffered a broken nose, after both were hit by flying masonry.

The five defendants were arrested by police after order was restored and they were identified on CCTV footage. An examination of their mobile phones found they had been in communication with each other and with members of the North West Infidels.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said the group’s political views, however offensive, may have been genuinely held, but the real reason for their presence was to behave like hooligans.

He added: “This was all sport for you, whatever your superficial political beliefs.”

He said he was sparing them custodial sentences on account of the fact that they were all employed, had pleaded guilty, and the events had taken place some time ago.

Members of the group each received prison terms of 18 months, suspended for two years, and were ordered to carry out either 150 or 180 hours’ unpaid work.

Liverpool Echo

Three men jailed after court hears of “planned mob violence” featuring arsenal of weapons and “appalling” injuries

Three far right Polish hooligans recruited by neo-Nazis to fight anti-fascists in Liverpool were today jailed.

Opposing factions hurled missiles and caused up to £25,000 of damage to St George’s Hall in ugly scenes on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

A woman was left scarred for life, a man suffered a broken nose and a police officer was knocked unconscious outside Lime Street Station.

Another officer suffered a broken wrist and an elderly black woman was racially abused and struck in the head by a stone.

Nazi swastikas were daubed on walls, cobble stones were torn up from the building’s plateau and a Victorian statue was damaged.

Marcin Reekus, Pawel Starzynski, Lukasz Pietraszek and Michal Nalepka all admitted violent disorder at the start of a trial.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how they were recruited by event organisers and North West Infidels members Shane Calvert and Wayne Bell.

Convicted crack cocaine and heroin dealer Reekus, 31, was described as the “principal organiser” of the “Polish Hooligans” group.

He ran a ‘Polish Ultras’ Facebook page and after being contacted by Calvert, sent him a poster confirming they would fight side-by-side.

Reekus knew the “anti-immigration demonstration” was being moved from Manchester to Liverpool – a deliberate ploy to try and trick police.

Lukasz Pietraszek, 38, of Hayes, West London, jailed for 20 months after admitting violent disorder(Image: Handout)

Lukasz Pietraszek, 38, of Hayes, West London, jailed for 20 months after admitting violent disorder(Image: Handout)

Simon Driver, prosecuting, said Reekus did not get out of the train station, where he was pictured posing with a Polish flag.

But a second group of fascists gathered on the steps of St George’s Hall, where neo-Nazi flags were flown amid ‘sieg heil’ salutes.

Pawel Starzynski, 36, of Ware, Hertfordshire jailed for 20 months after admitting violent disorder(Image: Handout)

Pawel Starzynski, 36, of Ware, Hertfordshire jailed for 20 months after admitting violent disorder(Image: Handout)

Police spotted 10 to 15 men in a car park in Craven Street near TJ Hughes, who Mr Driver said “made no secret of their designs”.

Some wore black hoodies emblazoned with “Polska Hooligans” and badges showing a person being kicked, captioned “good night left side”.

Marcin Reekus, 31, of Bradford, West Yorkshire jailed for 23 months after admitting violent disorder(Image: Handout)

Marcin Reekus, 31, of Bradford, West Yorkshire jailed for 23 months after admitting violent disorder(Image: Handout)

The masked group were approached by an officer and asked what they had come to Liverpool for, to which one thug replied: “A fight.”

The group – including Starzynski, 36, Pietrazek, 28, and Nalepka, 33 – doubled in size then “descended in unison” to the hall.

Mr Driver said: “The arrival of this group was a catalyst for an increase in the levels of violence.”

Police came under attack from both sides with industrial fireworks, flares, bottles, cobble stones and eggs at around 2.30pm.

After four and a half hours, officers encircled the right wing supporters and marched them back to Lime Street Station.

Police recovered a pepper spray canister from the steps and knuckledusters, a baton and a dog chain from the area where the Poles were held.

Starzynski was arrested and his mobile phone revealed his number had been used for arranging transport on a “f*** Islam and ISIS” event poster.

Liverpool's Lime Street was brought to a standstill during a full-scale riot erupted after anti-racist confronted around 70 people from far-right group the North West Infidels. Photo by James Maloney

Liverpool’s Lime Street was brought to a standstill during a full-scale riot erupted after anti-racist confronted around 70 people from far-right group the North West Infidels. Photo by James Maloney

He had talked about buying the hoodies, one of which he wore when he ran to the hall and threw a smoke canister at counter-protesters.

He was recorded wearing a clown mask, which he took off to reveal a gum shield, and “sparring mitts” on his hands.

Pietrazek also wore one of the hoodies and his phone showed he was responsible for buying and distributing the tops.

Liverpool's Lime Street was brought to a standstill during a full-scale riot erupted after anti-racist confronted around 70 people from far-right group the North West Infidels. Photo by James Maloney

Liverpool’s Lime Street was brought to a standstill during a full-scale riot erupted after anti-racist confronted around 70 people from far-right group the North West Infidels. Photo by James Maloney

He had exchanged text messages with a man about fighting “lefties”, saying a “decent crew” was going from Preston, Leeds and Crewe.

Nalepka, who wore his own grey top, was recorded with his face covered and wearing gloves with padded knuckles.

Mr Driver said: “He is captured on the footage adopted a fighting stance with his fists raised towards left wing protesters.”

Nalepka was pushed back by officers, but later breached a cordon, only to be assaulted by counter-protesters.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, imposed criminal behaviour orders, banning all four men from entering Liverpool for five years.

He said many of the “self-styled Polish hooligans” wore “deliberately intimidating face masks” and tops bearing violent imagery.

The judge said: “There was nothing benign about the hooded tops that those men were wearing.” He added: “It was planned mob violence.”

Poster from the North West Infidels group about its proposed Liverpool march

Poster from the North West Infidels group about its proposed Liverpool march

Reekus, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, was jailed for 23 months and Starzynski, of Ware, Hertfordshire, and Pietraszek, of Hayes, West London, for 20 months each.

Michal Nalepka, of Harlow, Essex, was handed 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, plus a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Judge Menary said Nalepka must perform 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 in compensation, to be split equally between the five victims.

Liverpool Echo

Opposing factions hurled missiles and caused up to £25,000 of damage to St George’s Hall left daubed with Nazi swastikas

Right-wing activists involved in violent clashes between neo-Nazis and anti-fascists outside Lime Street Station have been jailed.

A woman was left scarred for life, a man suffered a broken nose and a police officer was knocked unconscious in ugly scenes last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard opposing factions hurled missiles and caused up to £25,000 of damage to the historic St George’s Hall.

Nazi swastikas were daubed on walls, cobble stones were torn up from the building’s plateau and a Victorian statue was damaged.

Shane Calvert, Wayne Bell and Brian Stamp today appeared in court, alongside allies Nikki Prescott and Alan Raine. Calvert admitted conspiracy to commit violent disorder, while Bell was convicted after a trial. Prescott, Raine and Stamp admitted affray.

Bell liaised with Merseyside Police to organise “The White Man March” for now-banned fascist terrorist group National Action on August 15, 2015.The event, in Liverpool, ended in “humiliating failure” for the far right, after they were met by a much larger group of counter-protesters.

Simon Driver, prosecuting, said the fascists “were forced to take refuge in a left-luggage facility” before police escorted them to trains. Stung by the embarrassment, another far right group, the North West Infidels, headed to Liverpool on February 27, 2016.

Police were not informed and organiser Calvert deliberately changed the location of the “anti-immigration demonstration” from Manchester to Liverpool.

Brian Stamp, 34, from South Shields, jailed for 16 months after admitting affray

Brian Stamp, 34, from South Shields, jailed for 16 months after admitting affray

Fascists were again met by police and counter-protesters but had enlisted a group of Polish men called the “Polish Hooligans”. One cluster of far right-supporters congregated at the Crown Pub, including Stamp, Prescott and Raine, at around 11.30am.

A second group, including Calvert and Bell, gathered on the steps of St George’s Hall, as trouble flared at around 1.30pm.

Mr Driver said: “They displayed North West Infidels banners and neo-Nazi flags. They made gestures, which included the Nazi style ‘sieg heil’ salutes.”

CCTV showed the stand-off, with rival factions separated by riot police, who held the first group at the pub and escorted them away. Smoke canisters and fireworks were thrown and, at 2.30pm, the group near the hall were joined by the Poles.

Wayne Bell, 37, from Castleford, jailed for two and a half years after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder

Wayne Bell, 37, from Castleford, jailed for two and a half years after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder

They wore black hoodies emblazoned with “Polska Hooligans” and badges showing a person being kicked, captioned “good night left side”.

Police came under attack from both sides with industrial fireworks, flares, bottles, cobble stones and eggs. Mr Driver said: “A police inspector was knocked unconscious by a missile and a police constable suffered a broken wrist.”

A young female bystander suffered a facial gash requiring plastic surgery and a man suffered a cut and broken nose. People attending an antiques fair within the hall had to be locked in for their own safety.

A 75-year-old black woman who emerged was racially abused and struck in the forehead by a stone. Police eventually encircled the fascists and marched them to the station.

Shane Calvert, 36, from Blackburn, jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder

Shane Calvert, 36, from Blackburn, jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder

Mr Driver said Calvert wished to “avenge” the previous defeat, as shown in text messages to a man called Garron Helm. He and Bell, who bragged of punching left-wing activists “like that game whack attack”, recruited the Poles.

They exchanged messages talking of “payback time for Liverpool” and Bell spoke of “the local n***** population”.

Stamp boasted of buying “bad boy” gloves with reinforced knuckle-pads, which he was filmed wearing. Raine was recorded threatening “I’ll bite your f***ing face off” and Prescott yelling “come on then, let’s f***ing have it”.

Judge Menary imposed criminal behaviour orders, banning the five men from entering Liverpool for five years, for their “planned hooliganism”.

Billy Duggan, from Duggan & Parr Stone Repair Ltd, surveying the graffiti on St George's Hall

Billy Duggan, from Duggan & Parr Stone Repair Ltd, surveying the graffiti on St George’s Hall

He said: “There will, I have no doubt, be those on both sides of this political divide who are motivated by a desire to promote genuinely-held ideological beliefs – however repugnant or deeply offensive those views might appear to others.

“But I am equally sure that many of the people involved in the disorder on these occasions have made the journey or have involved themselves for no reason other than to behave like hooligans.”

Judge Menary jailed Calvert, 36, from Blackburn, for two years and Stamp, 34, from South Shields, who “came to Liverpool prepared for a fight” for 16 months.

He jailed Bell, 37, from Castleford, for two and a half years, telling him: “Your attitude towards other groups was deeply offensive, racist and you celebrated violent confrontation.”

Unemployed Raine, 41, from Sunderland, and doorman Prescott, 43, from Blackburn, each received 16 months in jail, suspended for two years.

Raine received a 25-day rehabilitation activity, 200 hours of unpaid work and a four-month home curfew, from 8pm to 6am. Prescott must complete a 30-day rehabilitation activity, 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 compensation.

Liverpool Echo

A man who travelled 470 miles to take part in the Dover riots…fell asleep during his sentencing hearing!

Right-winger Kevin Kennedy journeyed from his home in Edinburgh to take part in demonstrations in support of lorry drivers.

The father-of three, who hasn’t worked since 1989 due to an industrial accident on his back, threw a piece of wood, a rock and another missile during the street battles in January of last year.

But after pleading guilty to violent disorder, Kennedy fell asleep in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court while a judge was deciding his fate.

His lawyer, Phil Rowley, who had to wake him up, explained that Kennedy had become addicted to prescription drugs because of his injuries.

He was then given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am for the next four months.

Prosecutor Bridget Todd had told the jury how Kennedy had been caught on film throwing the missiles but there was no evidence if they hit any left-wing opponents.

The judge, Recorder Sir Geoffrey Nice QC told him: “This is a serious offence both locally and nationally for now and for the future.

“And a sentence is required to deter you from ever repeating such an offence. You have been reduced by addiction to prescription drugs which is likely to have had an effect on your personality and your behaviour.

“You travelled a considerable distance to join this demonstration, during which you threw three missiles, although it is not known whether or not they were aimed at individuals.”

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