More football thugs jailed over Spurs clash with West Ham
PUBLISHED: 14:30 21 June 2011 | UPDATED: 17:02 21 June 2011
Three football thugs have been jailed for their part in an organised clash between dozens of fans at the end of a Premier League match.
Leaders of the two rival groups met on a street corner to discuss plans for the brawl just minutes before throngs of hooligans surged forward, catching police in the middle, Inner London Crown Court heard.
Two hours earlier, Tottenham Hotspur had beaten West Ham United 2-1 in a match at Upton Park.
Around half a dozen police were left “in real fear for their safety” after finding themselves in between two gangs of up to 90 men, who brought traffic to a standstill in Mile End Road on August 23, 2009.
Innocent passers-by were forced to dash for cover, and police feared the situation “would spiral out of control” before reinforcements arrived.
On Friday (June 17) eight thugs were sentenced for their part in the mayhem, after they all admitted affray.
Spurs fan Dean Procel, 20, of Lordship Lane, Tottenham, and Christopher Harris, 50, of Hawkinge Way, Hornchurch, Essex, were jailed for six months, while Martin Dunne, 37, of Isbell Gardens, Romford, Essex, was jailed for four months.
West Ham fans Andrew Brown, 25, of Kendal, Purfleet, Essex, and Daniel Scouler, 28, of Montpellier Gardens, East Ham, and Spurs fans John Meighan, 26, of Hanson Street, Westminster, and Richard Pryce, 45, of Osbaldeston Road, Stoke Newington, all received suspended prison sentences of nine months.
Robert Budge, 34, of Cross Lane West, Gravesend, Kent, was handed a six month suspended term.
All eight men were banned from attending Premier League games for between four and six years, must surrender their passports before England games overseas, are banned from going within two miles of their club’s ground before and after any match, and from entering any town hosting an away match with their club.
Sentencing them on Friday (June 17), Judge Nigel Seed QC said football hooliganism “gives genuine football supporters a bad name and it gives this country a bad name throughout the world”.
The men are the latest to be sentenced over the clash. In February Spurs “General” Kieran Colletta, 44, of Dimsdale Drive, Enfield, was jailed for two years and fellow Spurs fan Simon Howlett, 47, of Eastfield Road, Waltham Cross, for eight months for affray. Spurs fans Craig Molski, 32, formerly of Flower Lane, Mill Hill, was jailed for 10 months and David Lamb, 41, of Kerrison Road, Wandsworth, got eight months, while Hammers gang leader Anthony Caton, 43, of Paul Street, Hackney, was jailed for 22 months, all for affray.