A 16-year-old boy has been banned from attending football games for three years after he was arrested before a game with a knife, flare, brass knuckles and fake ID.
Sussex Police said: ‘A teenager has been banned from attending football matches after he was arrested by officers ahead of the Brighton v Hove Albion game at Crystal Palace.
“The 16-year-old boy, from Hove, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in Worthing Youth Court on Thursday February 3.
“He admitted four counts which were possession of an offensive weapon, namely a brass knuckles, possession of a bladed article, namely a lock knife, possession of a firearm, adult device, namely a flare, and possession of articles for use in fraud, namely a false driver’s license and a false citizen’s card.
“Officers had approached a group of football supporters in Queen’s Road, Brighton at 5.30pm on Friday January 14.
“When the police tried to search the boy, he tried to run away, but was arrested. He was taken into custody and later charged with the offences.
“At the hearing on Thursday February 3, he was sentenced to a juvenile dismissal order, with costs of £40 and a victim fine surcharge of £22.
“The weapons, fireworks and identity documents were seized and confiscated under a deprivation order.
“He also received a three-year football ban.”
Darren Balkham, a dedicated football officer with Sussex Police, said: ‘This boy was quickly arrested by officers before he could cause any harm.
“The football banning order significantly restricts his ability to attend football matches here in the UK and abroad.
“This conviction demonstrates that we will not tolerate public disorder at our football matches and sends a clear message that football fans and the public do not wish to see game-related violence.”
Sussex Police said: ‘The Football Prohibition Order prohibits the boy’s attendance at a football match regulated under the Football Spectators Act. This applied to football events in the UK and overseas.
“It further obliges him to surrender any travel authorization document (such as a passport, identity card or any other form of travel authorization) in his name in accordance with the instructions notified by the Football Banning Orders Authority.
“Under the order he is not permitted to enter the city, town or parish boundaries where an England senior men’s team match is being played in the UK during a period of eight hours before kick-off and eight hours after the end of the match.”
He must also notify the Football Banning Orders Authority of any change in his name or address.