Ipswich: Two teenage Town fans warned over vandalism during East Anglian derby

IPSWICH: Two teenage Town fans were today warned about their future conduct after being cautioned for causing trouble at the East Anglian derby.

The 18-year-olds accepted the offer of cautions after Suffolk police mounted an investigation into vandalism and other incidents inside Norwich’s ground on November 28.

The pair, who are from Lowestoft and Dovercourt, were part of a large-scale disturbance in the visitors section at Carrow Road before the kick-off.

Beer was thrown, glasses were smashed, and bins were overturned.

Stewards were also intimidated in the hostile atmosphere created by some Ipswich fans intent on causing problems.

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In the days after Ipswich’s 4-1 defeat, videos were posted on YouTube which also showed seats being smashed by Town supporters.

Both teenagers who were cautioned were asked to attend Ipswich police station before being interviewed by officers.

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They both accepted they had been responsible for criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

Marc Norman, Suffolk Constabulary’s football intelligence officer, said: “As with all post-match investigations, this information could be utilised for any future football banning order application if these two supporters persist with their behaviour and commit further offences.”

Norwich fans were also to blame for problems after the game.

Witnesses reported a wide-scale disturbance by City fans at Norwich railway station as Ipswich supporters were being shepherded on to their trains.

Meanwhile, an Arsenal supporter who was arrested after fighting broke out among Gunners’ fans during the Carling Cup semi-final at Portman Road is �600 poorer today.

Computer programmer Scott Everid pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to threatening behaviour and obstructing a police constable.

The brawl in the Arsenal supporter’s section broke out about 15 minutes into the first leg of the semi-final on January 12, which Ipswich won 1-0.

Everid, 27, of Cuffley, near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, was fined a total of �500 and ordered to pay �85 prosecution costs as well as a �15 victim surcharge.

n What do you think should be done to tackle football hooliganism? E-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or write to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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