Eurostar swoop nets barred fans
PUBLISHED: 18:02 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2010
TWO fans banned from travelling abroad to watch the England football team play were stopped and arrested trying to travel to France. In the first operation of its kind, British Transport Police prevented known offenders with banning orders from travellin
TWO fans banned from travelling abroad to watch the England football team play were stopped and arrested trying to travel to France.
In the first operation of its kind, British Transport Police prevented known offenders with banning orders from travelling from Ebbsfleet and St Pancras International rail stations.
Dave Roney, BTP superintendent for operations, said more than 1,000 fans travelled to Paris by Eurostar train for the match, which France won 1-0 last Wednesday.
He said: "This has been a successful policing operation. We've had more than 30 officers patrolling the station and some travelling on trains and working with the French police to ensure England fans get to and from the match in safety.
"As part of the operation, officers have detected known supporters in breach of football banning orders and they have been prevented from travelling due to their past indiscretions involving football disorders."
Darren Biggs, 34, from New Malden, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions around his banning order. He appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court last Wednesday.
Adam Sivvall, 34, from Preston, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court last Wednesday. He was arrested in relation to previous football-related disorder. Officers served a 21B notice, requesting a banning order be imposed on him, and he was released on bail to appear at Preston Magistrates Court on April 9.
Supt Roney added: "There are about 3,000 banning orders on football fans across England and Wales.
"However, the fact of the matter is that the majority of football fans are well-behaved, law-abiding people who want to show their support for the national team.
"Our officers will work tirelessly to ensure they can do that in safety, without interruption from a few rogue elements intent on causing disorder.