Rotherham United fans jailed after football disorder

Dominic Skidmore and Akeem Curran
Dominic Skidmore and Akeem Curran
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Four men and a boy have been jailed and banned from football matches for their part in disorder that followed a Rotherham United game.

Two Bradford City supporters were injured after violence flared between City fans and Millers fans in a supermarket carpark near the New York Stadium on November 9, last year.

Kieran Farrow and Ashley Thompson

Kieran Farrow and Ashley Thompson

The Bradford City fans were making their way to the train station following an FA Cup game.

One of the travelling fans, who was with his young son, was followed and suffered a serious head injury after being violently attacked. Another fan suffered minor injuries.

The five Rotherham men were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to assault and affray charges.

Akeem Curran, aged 22, of Cherry Brook in Eastwood, was sentenced to 20 months behind bars, Dominic Skidmore, aged 20, of Ten Acre Road in Rotherham, was sentenced to 16 months, Ashley Thompson, aged 18, of Avon Mount in Masbrough was jailed for eight months and a 15-year-old boy from Rotherham was sentenced to eight months.

Kieran Farrow, aged 21, of Byrley Road in Kimberworth Park was sentenced to ten months in prison after admitting affray only.

All five were given six year football banning orders.

Inspector Barry Bentley said: “Rotherham police worked hard to identify the individuals responsible for this assault and five individuals have now all been charged and sentenced for affray and assault.

“Throughout this investigation, officers have maintained regular contact with the offenders and their families, particularly on match days.”

Insp Bentley added: “Following this incident, Rotherham police have implemented a new approach to managing football supporters who may cause disorder during football matches.

“Police officers have been visiting a small number of football supporters, who have previously been involved in football violence, before every game.

“The officers and our special constabulary then closely monitor these supporters on match day, with the support of CCTV.

“These proactive visits have made a considerable difference and reduced disorder at games, so ensuring Rotherham and the New York Stadium are safer places to work and visit. This new approach will continue in the new season.

“I would like to thank all the officers involved in bringing these offenders to justice, specifically PC Ian Craigie for his diligent investigation of the offence and PC Tony Bennett for his efforts in preventing further offences during last season.”

A spokesman for Rotherham United thanked South Yorkshire Police for their hard work in identifying those involved.

He added: “Once these people were arrested Rotherham United immediately banned them from attending home or away matches until this matter had been resolved by the courts. These bans will now remain in place indefinitely in view of the guilty pleas that were entered.

“As a club we continue to work closely with South Yorkshire Police in identifying people involved in football related disorder and will take appropriate action where required.

“We have contacted the victim to wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he and his family will join us at a future match as our guest.”