Fine for fan who had flare at footie match

FLARE: PNE stadium
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A man has been found guilty of possessing a flare during Preston North End’s match against Wolverhampton FC in September last year.

Ben Brown, of Charlecote Drive, Dudley, had also denied charges of assaulting two police officers, being drunk and disorderly in a sporting ground and damaging a high visibility jacket in the incident on September 26 at the Deepdale stadium.

However the 26-year-old was found guilty of the charges after a trial at Preston Magistrates Court.

The court ordered the fan to pay a £1,250 fine, £200 compensation to the officers, a £120 surcharge and £350 costs.

However the bench refused to make a football banning order.

Two other Wolves fans were previously fined after incidents at the same match.