Court bans Morecambe man from football matches after threat incident

BAN: Dickson

BAN: Dickson

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A football fan has been banned from matches at any football ground in the country for the next three years.

James Dickson broke through a stewards’ cordon at Morecambe FC, Lancaster Magistrates’ Court heard.

During a hearing, the bench was told about an incident at the team’s ground on January 31 involving the 23-year-old.

Dickson, of Baycliffe Crescent, Morecambe, admitted a charge of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour.

He was ordered to pay a £55 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Giving their reasons for making the order, which prevents him being at a football ground two hours before or after a match, the bench said the defendant’s actions “had the potential to cause problems” and that he “broke through the cordon of stewards”.

Football banning orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers travelling to football matches - at home and abroad.

Breach of an order is a criminal offence and is punishable by a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

Home office statistics show in the 2013 and 2014 season, only one other order was made against a Morecambe fan, while for Preston North End, five were recorded.

The Shrimps earned a 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon on the day in question at Globe Arena.