Football fans admits breaching order

A FOOTBALL fan could face jail after breaching an order that bans him from a Suffolk town every time Ipswich Town or England are playing.Leo Temple was spotted by police in two Ipswich bars on the night of England's World Cup clash against Sweden, which was being played in Germany on June 20.

A FOOTBALL fan could face jail after breaching an order that bans him from a Suffolk town every time Ipswich Town or England are playing.

Leo Temple was spotted by police in two Ipswich bars on the night of England's World Cup clash against Sweden, which was being played in Germany on June 20.

And, at magistrates in Ipswich yesterday, the 37-year-old, of Inworth, near Kelvedon, admitted this put him in breach of an order made more than three years ago.

It was imposed after he was spotted with a bottle of intoxicating liquor inside Portman Road when England played Croatia, on August 20, 2003.


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At the time, Temple claimed “a mountain has been made out of a molehill” and said he had never been arrested in 25 years of following football. He also told the court hearing, which took place a week after the game, that he had only taken the bottle in as a bet.

But Ipswich magistrates banned Temple from entering the town four hours before and after games involving England and Ipswich Town for three years. One of the conditions of the ban was that Temple must surrender his passport when England are playing abroad.

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When he was questioned by officers in June, just two months before the order was due to expire, he initially claimed he had not known he could not enter Ipswich town centre to watch games. He had been seen in Pals night club and The Plough, both in Dogs Head Street.

But yesterday he pleaded guilty to the offence. The court was told Temple had previous convictions for breaching the order, including one just two weeks after it was imposed.

He was jailed for four months by Trafford Magistrates' Court, in Manchester, after being seen trying to enter England's European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein.

He was also convicted of another breach of the order, on March 31, 2004.

Deputy district judge Naomi Redhouse said all options, including prison, would be considered when Temple is sentenced at the court on December 18.

mark.bulstrode@eadt.co.uk

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