Wolves fan banned after trouble at PNE

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Two men have appeared in court following trouble at Preston North End’s match against Wolverhampton last month.

Wolves fan Daniel Hale, 24, received a three year football banning order and fines totalling £440 after struggling with stewards and trying to head butt one, after they ejected him from Deepdale for his behaviour in the first half of the game on September 26, at around 3.25pm.

Hale, of Grafton Gardens, Dudley, admitted being drunk in a sports ground and using threatening or abusive behaviour.

He was discharged for 12 months but must pay a £185 fine, £20 surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 court charge.

Fellow supporter Ciaran Sheehan, 25, of The Ridgeway, Droitwich, avoided a banning order as the court heard he was of previous good character and was a carer for his father, who attended football matches.

The bench was told Sheehan was arrested outside the stadium after the match after he was being verbally abusive towards officers.

He pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on Deepdale Road, Preston.

He received a 12 month conditional discharge but must pay a £15 surcharge, £45 costs and a £150 court charge.

After the case, football intelligence officer, PC Paul Elliott, told the Evening Post: “As a force our priority is to ensure that football supporters match day experience is both enjoyable and safe, this also applies to club staff who are there to assist. Those supporters who threaten to spoil the occasion will be pursued through the normal court process and we hope these results serve to act as a reminder to supporters, especially with big games on the horizon against Bolton and Blackburn Rovers.”

* A further two Wolves supporters are being investigated over alleged offences related to flares at the ground.

One man is currently on bail while a second is to appear in court on October 29.