Arrest warrant issued after West Ham v Millwall clash
PUBLISHED: 14:47 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010
A WARRANT has been issued after a man accused of a pitch invasion at a football match failed to turn up to court. Unemployed Craig Hotchkiss, 20 of Christan Fields Avenue, Gravesend, failed to appear before Stratford magistrates Court last Friday. He wa
A WARRANT has been issued after a man accused of a pitch invasion at a football match failed to turn up to court.
Unemployed Craig Hotchkiss, 20 of Christan Fields Avenue, Gravesend, failed to appear before Stratford magistrates Court last Friday.
He was charged with pitch invasion in connection with disorder at West Ham's tie with Millwall in August.
Tom Massey, 21 of Princess Road, Dartford, was also charged with pitch invasion and attended. The plumber pleaded guilty and was banned from football for the next three years and fined £150 plus costs.
Detective chief inspector Richard Tucker, who heads up the investigation into the disorder said: "The level of disorder witnessed that night was absolutely unacceptable and not at all in the spirit of what football matches are all about.
"The majority of fans, like police, will not stand for this type of mindless behaviour at matches.
"Those who played a part in the events of that night should know that our investigation continues"
A 44-year-old man was stabbed outside the ground which was marred by violence before, during and after the game itself.
In total 22 people appeared before Stratford Magistrates' Court on Friday charged in connection with disorder. Of the 22 people who appeared, nine men pleaded guilty and were sentenced, whilst the remainder will next appear before the courts in January 2010. To date, a total of 65 people have now been arrested in connection with the investigation.
Of those 51 have been charged, five are on bail pending further enquiries, three received a juvenile reprimand/warning, and six were released no further action.