Match ban for three years

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Four men have been issued with Football Banning Orders after violence and criminal damage at the Plymouth Argyle versus Bristol Rovers Westcountry Derby earlier this year.

Violence flared during the second half of the match on Saturday, March 17, 2018, when seats were ripped out and thrown between rival supporters from the Bristol Rovers supporters area.

Drone footage from Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police’s Alliance Drone Unit was then used to picture those involved in the disorder, with information from members of the public identifying the men involved.

Four men have today, Thursday, September 20, 2018, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court charged with offences related to the disorder.

James Viner, aged 34 from Warmley, Bristol, pleaded guilty to throwing a missile at spectators and criminal damage, Seth Martin, aged 22 from Bristol, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, Thomas Demetriou, aged 27 from Bristol, also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage while Philip Grey, aged 46 from Woodchester, Bristol, pleaded guilty to throwing a missile.

All four men were each issued with Football Banning Orders for three years. The orders prevent them attending any regulated football match in England and Wales – thus banning them from every football ground in both countries – prevent attendance at any England or Wales national game and also means they will have their passports seized whenever England play abroad.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The disorder at Home Park was considerable and resulted in significant impact on many other home and away supporters on the day.

“On this occasion, drone footage was taken live during the disorder and then released publically, resulting in the four men making themselves known to police.

“Today’s court action shows any violence or disorder committed during a football match can result in very serious consequences, going far beyond the moments in the stadium.”

A spokesman added: “These four men are now banned from any football attendance for the duration of the order and banned from travelling abroad when England are playing outside of the country.

“The orders show a clear message that even if you think you may have got away with football disorder on the day, police and football clubs will use technology and all camera possible to identify individuals and bring them to justice.”

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