Four Port Vale supporters found guilty of football related offences

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Four men have been found guilty of football related offences and handed banning orders ranging from three to five years following a pitch invasion after the Port Vale and Bolton match.

John Roberts, 44, from Bradwell, Harry Tomkinson, 21, from Burslem, Jamie Shirley, 23, from Norton and Daniel Frost, 33, from Abbey Hulton, all appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme on October 17.

Eight others out of a number of Port Vale supporters, who have been investigated by Staffordshire Police Football Unit, have been charged with offences ranging from public order to throwing objects on the pitch

Noel Mullock, 34, from Trent Vale, is due to appear at the court on October 24.

The charges followed a Port Vale v Bolton match on April 22 when a pitch invasion took place and supporters were involved in disorder.

A further three Port Vale fans have pleaded guilty to their part in the disorder and also received three-year football banning orders.

The remaining seven supporters were dealt with by Staffordshire Police youth offending teams or issued with a conditional caution.

These conditions included signing a Port Vale acceptable behaviour contract and receiving a three month ban from Port Vale.

Robert Morgan, from the Staffordshire Police Football Unit, said: “I hope this sends out a clear message to the small minority of Port Vale supporters who attend football matches intent on causing problems.

“Positive actions will be taken by Staffordshire Police and Port Vale FC who are working together to eradicate all types of disorder associated with football and were possible banning orders will be sought through the courts”

Phil Mayer, Port Vale FC’s head of safety, said: “Here at Port Vale, we encourage all supporters to attend matched both home and away while safely watching the game.

“We are a family focussed, community club and will take positive action against any party who impinge upon others match day enjoyment.

“Over the close season, we have invested in a new state of the art CCTV system, which will assist with making Vale Park a safe venue for all.”

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