Rival football fans in Sheffield issued with banning orders

The Bessemer pub
The Bessemer pub
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Rival football fans who clashed outside a Sheffield city centre bar have been banned from attending matches.

Fans of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday were involved in a mass brawl described as ‘mindless and organised violence’ outside the Bessemer pub, Leopold Street, last August.

Detective Inspector Graham Bulmer said: “The disorder has been described in court as mindless and organised violence.

“The majority of these men have now been banned from a game they profess to be fans of. This should send out a stark message to anyone intent on engaging in violence at football matches – you will be identified and prosecuted.

“This mindless violence caused fear and alarm among members of the public who witnessed it, but has also had a drain on police resources.

A total of 16 men and a teenager, who admitted a public order offence, were sentenced at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Andrew Teasdale, aged 41, of Greenhead Lane, Chapeltown; 25-year-old Sam Atkinson, of Cookson Road, Southey Green; Nathan Orwin, 32, of Loxley New Road, Malin Bridge; and 25-year-olds Thomas and Lewis Clews, of Rainbow Way, Hackenthorpe, received five-year banning orders.

Connor Broadley, 18, of Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross; John Wood, 22, of Norfolk Park Avenue, Norfolk Park; Damian Jepson, 39, of Stanley Road, Stocksbridge; Matthew Ignatowics, 48, of Sheldon Road, Stocksbridge; Jon Tomlinson, 25, of Woodhouse Road, Intake; Andrew Gilmour, 24, of Booker Road, Woodseats; Carl Murphy, 43, of Station Road, Darnall; and Jamie Fellows, 38, of Harborough Close, Manor Park, got three-year banning orders.

A teenager, who was 17 at the time, also received a three-year ban.