Sheffield United and Wednesday fans admit brawl

News from the courts
News from the courts

Sixteen men and a teenage boy have admitted their part in a football-related brawl between rival Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday fans outside a city pub.

A number of people were injured and pub furniture was damaged during the fight outside The Bessemer, in Leopold Street in the city centre during the summer.

Police were alerted to the incident on Saturday, August 24, at about 7pm, and issued CCTV images of suspects they wanted to trace over the incident.

Detective Inspector Graham Bulmer said: “This incident took place in daylight on the streets of the city centre which caused fear and alarm among many innocent members of the public who witnessed the disorder.

“The fact 17 people have been convicted, and will be sentenced for their part in the incident, should send out a clear message to any football supporters that South Yorkshire Police takes any act of violence incredibly seriously and will robustly respond to any reports of football-related disorder.

“Thankfully, people intent on engaging in violence of this nature are the minority among many thousands of genuine football fans who enjoy supporting local clubs every week.”

The 17 hooligans all admitted public order offences and are due to be sentenced in January.

The men are Andrew Teasdale, aged 41, of Greenhead Lane; Connor Broadley, 18, of Deerlands Avenue; John Wood, 22, of Norfolk Park Avenue; Damian Jepson, 39, of Stanley Road; Sam Atkinson, 25, of Cookson Road; Simon Ignatowics, 48, of Sheldon Road; John Tomlinson, 25, of Woodhouse Road; Thomas Clews, 25, of Rainbow Way; Lewis Clews, 25, of Rainbow Way; Andrew Gilmour, 24, of Booker Way; Nigel Sizeland, 30, of Handsworth Road; Carl Murphy, 43, of Station Road; Connor O’Brien, 25, of Jubilee Road; Amien Jama, 46, of Birklands Avenue; Paul Mitchell, 50, of Middlewood Road and Jamie Fellows, 38, of Harborough Close, all of Sheffield.