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Football yobs fought with market stall poles

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: March 31, 2011

FOOTBALL thugs fought each other with poles from Retford market stalls as innocent members of the public ran for cover, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

The violence between Leeds United and Sheffield United fans erupted in Retford's Market Place on Saturday, February 20 last year.

Among those arrested and charged by police with affray were Leeds supporters Roy and Adam Bennett, David Evans and Carl Walsh and Sheffield United fan Stuart Theaker.

Judge Jonathan Teare said: "This was a disgraceful act of violence in a public place."

All five defendants had previously pleaded guilty to affray before Monday's sentencing hearing.

Roy Bennett, 45, of Devonshire Road, Retford, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 240 hours of community service.

Adam Bennett, 29, of Whitaker Close, Retford; Theaker, 31, of Devonshire Drive, Sheffield; and Walsh, of Trinity Road, Retford, were given nine-month sentences suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 150 hours of community service.

Evans, 40, of North Road, Torworth, was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 150 hours of community work.

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