Ten men jailed for Euro 2004 pub attack
TEN men have been jailed for a total of nine-and-a-half years for their part inan attack on a pub after England were knocked out of Euro 2004.Violence flared in Thetford after England were beaten by Portugal in last year's football tournament.
TEN men have been jailed for a total of nine-and-a-half years for their part in
an attack on a pub after England were knocked out of Euro 2004.
Violence flared in Thetford after England were beaten by Portugal in last year's football tournament.
For almost two hours 200 people shouted abuse, chanted “England” and smashed 37 windows by hurling missiles at a pub where about 40 Portuguese men, women and children cowered in terror.
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Six people inside the pub and two police officers were injured and up to £3,000 of damage was inflicted on the pub and its manager's car.
Twelve people appeared for sentence at Norwich Crown Court yesterday for their part in the violence, including two girls aged 17 and 18, who were ordered to complete community service.
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Passing sentence, Judge Alisdair Darroch said: “I entirely accept what the police have said that this was one of the worst disturbances in Norfolk.
“It went beyond that. It was extremely frightening to the members of the Portuguese community, particularly who were in that pub.
“A number of children were frightened, police officers were frightened and police officers were injured. Some had weapons, like rocks, which were thrown.
“The message has got to be that if you get involved in this, even if your role is simply shouting abuse and pushing, the almost inevitable sentence is imprisonment. It makes it more difficult for police to carry out their task of protecting the public.”
Daniel May, 21, and Stephen Rothwell, 32, both of Wilbye Avenue, Diss, were found guilty after a trial.
May was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institution, while Rothwell was given 12 months' imprisonment.
They were caught on camera throwing missiles at the pub with William Harvey, 20, of The Heywood, Diss, and Danny Remblance 20, of Common Road, Shelfanger, near Diss, who were also found guilty of violent disorder at the same trial.
Both were sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment in a young offenders' institution.
Terry Curtis, 19, of Ely Way, Thetford, who was convicted of violent disorder, was sentenced to 15 months in a young offenders' institution for banging on the pub window and smashing it with his hand.
Daniel Ramm, 25, of Fir Road, Thetford, who was convicted of affray for throwing objects at the pub, was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).
Wayne Whittred, 27, of Ulfkell Road, Thetford, pleaded guilty to affray for yelling at a policeman. He was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and given an Asbo.
His brother Ricky, 25, who also yelled abuse during the incident, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for violent disorder and given an Asbo. Neither can enter any pub in Thetford for two years.
David Hill, 40, of Gloucester Way, Thetford, who was convicted of violent disorder, was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment for kicking out at police dog, Zac.
Simon Robertshaw, 26, of Queensway, Thetford, who pleaded guilty to violent disorder, was sentenced to eight months' in prison for swearing and punching the air.
Christina Pickersgill, 17, of St John's Way, Thetford, who was convicted of violent disorder, was sentenced to 120 hours' community punishment after she told police she had thrown a brick, which smashed a window. The judge lifted restrictions banning the media from naming her.
Cheryl Ellwood, 18, of Gloucester Way, Thetford, who was convicted of threatening behaviour for being abusive, was given 80 hours' community punishment.
Edwin Ford, 24, of no fixed address, who admitted violent disorder at an earlier hearing, failed to appear at court and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Patrick Hendry, 39, of Grasmere Green, Wellingborough, who was convicted of affray, and Marcus Henriccsen, 23, of Queen's Road, Brandon, who was convicted of violent disorder, will be sentenced in the near future.
A further six people from Thetford were convicted at earlier hearings of lesser public order offences and received sentences ranging from community punishment orders, fines and conditional discharges.
Two teenagers were also given a final warning, while a third was given a police caution for their involvement in the disorder.
Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Paul Durham, of Norfolk Police, said: “The important thing is that the message has gone out and in terms of reassuring the Portuguese and wider community just how seriously the police and the legal system view these matters.”