A MAN has been issued a four-year banning order after incidents at Hartlepool United Football Club games.

The order is the second banning order received by the 28-year-old man from Hartlepool. He also received a three-year banning order in 2012.

Under the order granted on Tuesday (November 16) at Teesside Magistrates Court, the man is forbidden from entering any premises for the purpose of attending any football matches in England and Wales and, subject to possible exemption, will be required to submit his passport and to attend a named police station in England and Wales on the occasion of certain regulated football matches being played outside the UK.

The court heard that the man had been involved in numerous incidents of disorder at Hartlepool United games against teams including Stockport County, Oxford United, Wrexham and Carlisle United.

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Sergeant Adrian Dack said: “Football Banning Orders have proven to be an excellent tool in helping reduce the violence and disorder associated with football which continues to blight the game. The legislation was designed to be utilised against those like this man, allowing police to remove from football those who cause or contribute to violence and disorder.

“Those who engage in such behaviour should expect to have action taken against them in a court of law. We will not tolerate it and we will take action wherever possible.”

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