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Ritz pub was closed on police advice during Lincoln City hooligans sentencing

By SMorris_LE  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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The parent company of the Ritz in Lincoln High Street has confirmed the pub was closed for two hours on Friday as Lincoln City football hooligans were sentenced.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for J D Wetherspoon, confirmed that the premises was shut on police advice.

The 11 Lincoln City 'fans' were locked up for a combined 30 years after attacking Luton Town supporters in and around the Ritz in October last year.

A twelfth man was given an 18-month Detention and Training Order.

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The court heard how most of the group entered the pub and goaded the Luton fans before punches were thrown and stools and glasses hurled across the family pub.

They then left and all 12 men regrouped before launching a second attack on a separate group of Luton supporters.

Seven of the men were jailed, four sent to young offenders' institutes and one was given a detention and training order.

James Newall, spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: "There was a police presence outside the court as we were expecting a large number of people to come and watch the hearing which they did."

Judge Sean Morris, during sentencing, said: "Since this incident and your arrests, the incidents of violence connected with Lincoln City have fallen considerably.

"The sentences are intended to reduce that reduction even more by indicating to everyone that football hooliganism is a thing of the past and it must remain in the past.

"When it starts to raise its ugly head again it will be stopped in its tracks by robust prison sentences.

"People who behave like this are not football supporters."

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.

To see the mugshots of the 12 hooligans, click here

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  • dave291290  |  December 16 2013, 1:04PM

    GOOD!!!!!!! IT ANNOYS ME WHEN IDIOTS LIKE THIS GET AWAY WITH IT AND CONTINUE TO MAKE EVERYONE ELSES LIFE A MISERY!!!!!!! THERE ARE TOO MANY THUGS WALKING THE STREETS AND MAKING US LOOK OVER OUR SHOULDERS ALL THE TIME, DONT GET WHY PEOPLE THINK ITS OKAY TO FIGHT.

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