A gang of 11 hooligans were today locked up for their part in some of the worst football violence ever seen in Lincoln.
Seven men were jailed and four were sent to a young offenders’ institution following trouble in and around the Ritz pub in Lincoln High Street.
A twelfth man was given a Detention and Training Order.
All twelve were given 10-year football banning orders, which start on their release.
The sentences were handed out during a crown court hearing, taking place at the city’s magistrates’ courthouse today.
It follows an attack by Lincoln City fans on Luton Town fans on October 6 last year.
The defendants and their sentences are:
- Jake Sinclair, 26, of Vernon Street, Lincoln: Jailed for two years and eight months.
- Andrew Deans, 27, of Belvedere House, Lincoln: Jailed for three years.
- Phillip Adams, 36, of Prior Street, Lincoln: Jailed for three years.
- Callum Busby, 19, of De Wint Avenue, Lincoln: Two years and eight months youth custody.
- Nathan Ashmore, 33, of St Catherine’s Grove, Lincoln: Jailed for three years.
- Lee Swain, 26, of Walnut Place, Lincoln: Jailed for three years.
- Marcus Greatorex, 22, of Geneva Avenue, Lincoln: Jailed for two years and eight months.
- Thomas Samways, 20, of Jensen Road, Bracebridge Heath: Two years and four months youth custody.
- Daniel White, 20, of St John’s Road, Bracebridge Heath: Two years and four months youth custody.
- Ashley Evans, 22, of Clinton House, Lincoln: Jailed for three years.
- Liam Wiggins, 18, of Old Chester Road, Birkenhead: Two years and one month youth custody.
- Josh Atter, 18, of Matlock Drive, North Hykeham: Given an 18-month Detention and Training Order.
This morning, prosecutor Jonathan Dee said the men had all admitted a charge of violent disorder at previous hearings.
He also said that in the year leading up to the fixture, there had been 12 incidents of football related violence involving Lincoln City supporters.
The court heard how a group of Luton Town supporters were drinking in the Ritz and at around 1pm, most of the 12 defendants entered the pub. Only Thomas Samways, Daniel White and Lee Swain were not involved inside the pub.
"There was some eyeballing between the groups and at that point, Adams and Evans moved across and went to where the Luton fans were," said Mr Dee.
"They stood off for approximately 20 seconds during which Adams has his arms out as if issuing a challenge.
"One of the Luton fans comes towards him and Adams strikes the first blow. Evans is then knocked down.
"There are a large number of missiles thrown between the two groups which were described as smashing against the low ceilings."
A group of Lincoln fans are seen to be goading the Luton Town supporters and a chair thrown by Marcus Greatorex hits one thrown by a Luton Town fan.
The court was then told how the group left the pub and crossed the road and congregated outside a convenience store.
At this point, all 12 defendants moved back towards the pub.
They see another group of Luton fans around the corner outside the pub and attack them. Punches and kicks were thrown and Phillip Adams is seen on CCTV footage throwing a chair at them before the group ran off.
"The whole incident inside and outside lasts less than four minutes," added Mr Dee.
"There are fortunately no reports of serious injuries."
Counsel for all 12 men asked for credit to be given to their clients for their guilty pleas and for the judge to take into account their individual roles in the violence.
Character references were also handed in on behalf of several of the defendants.