Town fans to face court

IPSWICH: Two Ipswich Town fans are due to appear in court after being arrested at the Peterborough United game.

Mark Codling, of Selkirk Road, Ipswich, has been charged with possession of a flare at a sporting event.

The 35-year-old was arrested following the away match at London Road on February 16.

Shortly after Town’s Daryl Murphy scored the opener in the ninth minute a flare went up in the visitors’ section of the London Road ground.

Police detained Codling after the game, just before 9.40pm.

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He was released on police bail pending further inquiries, after being questioned at the town’s Thorpe Wood police station.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said Codling was charged with the alleged offence last Friday.

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He is now due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on March 14.

A second town fan is also scheduled to appear before the same court in July.

Damien Green, of Prittlewell Close, Ipswich, is charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.

The 22-year-old was also arrested after the game.

He denied the charge against him when he appeared before Peterborough magistrates on Wednesday.<3.3>

Green has elected to stand trial in a bid to clear his name.

He has been released on bail until the trial date, which is set for July 14.

Despite going ahead through Murphy’s goal, Ipswich went on to lose the match against Peterborough by three goals to one.

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