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Sheffield United hooligans jailed after smashing up Leeds pub

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Four Sheffield United hooligans have been jailed for a terrifying attack on drinkers at a pub in Leeds.

People were punched and kicked, chairs thrown and windows broken, with an estimated £3,000 of damage caused in the incident in December 2012.

Violence erupted in Spencers pub in Leeds city centre when a group of United fans, including some members of the ‘Blades Business Group’ hooligan group, called in on their way back to Sheffield from a game against Carlisle United.

Sentencing the group at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Christopher Batty said they had specifically targeted the pub because it was known as being used by Leeds supporters.

The group had hired a coach to take them to the game and either told or persuaded the driver to use a little known route to Carlisle to bypass the police reception there, which would have escorted those on organised transport to the game.

After the game the coach stopped in Leeds and they went to the bar where the trouble started.

Judge Batty said there had been few if any Leeds fans in the bar but the group were not deterred from carrying out their attack.

There was chanting of BBC – Blades Business Crew - outside before the attack began with bottles being thrown.

Judge Batty said it was a terrifying ordeal for the ordinary members of the public drinking there.

He said: “This was planned and organised large scale public disorder played out in the name of the club you claim to support. I suspect genuine fans would be disgusted at what you did.”

Curtis Noel, aged 31, of Spring Vale Walk, Upperthorpe, Ashley Butler, 24 of Kirby Road, Gleadless, and Phillip White, 28 of Stainforth Avenue, Eckington, Derbyshire, were each jailed for four months while Alex Freeman, 20, of Oldfield Road, Stannington, was sent to youth custody for four months.

All were sentenced for threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Elliott Smith, 19 of Ravenscroft Road, Stradbroke, and Sam Civil, 18 of Woodstock Road, Sheffield, were each given a 12 month community order with 250 hours unpaid work and £600 costs for the same offence.

Luke Fleischer, 18, of Swinston Hill Road, Dinnington, was given a 12 month community order with 200 hours unpaid work and £250 costs.

Judge Batty told the three teenagers: “No doubt you think it clever to be hanging around with these guys but you have seen it isn’t.”

 
 
 

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