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West Ham fans spared jail after brawl in Sunderland city centre

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EIGHT West Ham fans have been spared jail over a mass city centre brawl with rival Sunderland supporters.

A large group of men from opposing sides got involved in terrifying scenes of violence before their teams clashed on the pitch on January 12 last year.

The confrontation outside Revolution bar in Low Row was captured on CCTV and the footage was shown during court hearings where the Sunderland faction were given suspended prison sentences for their parts.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday the West Ham supporters were also given suspended jail terms.

Judge Jeremy Freedman told them: “Although this was a terrifying incident for those who had the misfortune to witness it, it was of very short duration.

“This was a serious incident of violence.

“I am satisfied it was planned, arrangements had been made in advance of January 12 for their to be an encounter between West Ham and Sunderland supporters.

“I cannot say who was responsible for the planning but I am satisfied there was communication via telephone or Facebook.

“This fight was arranged.”

The court heard one witness to what went on said they felt “sick to the stomach” because of what they saw.

All eight West Ham supporters before the court today were given three year football banning orders as part of their sentence.

Matthew Dobberson, 19, of Padnall Court, Essex was sentenced to four months behind bars, suspended for two years, with programme requirements.

Andrew Siedlaczek, 20, of Fortinbras, Chelmsford, Hertfordshire, was given a four month jail term, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work.

Jack Stephen Sam Donovan, 19, of Mashiters Walk, Romford, Essex, was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work.

Charlie Adolph, 22, of Gibbons Close, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work.

Christopher Robert Draddy, 25, of Cheriton Close, St Albans, Herts, was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work.

Jamie Daniel David Hume, 29, of Clayburn Road, Hampton Centre, Peterborough, was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision.

Danny Brooker, 23, of Priory Avenue, Harefield, Middlesex, was given two months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work.

Ryan Evans, 19, of Cumberland Close, Hornchurch, Essex, was sentenced to eight months behind bars, suspended for two years, with 250 hours unpaid work.

 
 
 

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