February 8, 2018 3.50 pm This story is over 69 months old

Grimsby Town supporter gets three year ban for drunken abusive behaviour

Banned for drunken abuse.

A Grimsby Town supporter who was evicted from a match due to drunken abusive behaviour has been given a three-year football banning order.

On Saturday, November 25, 2017 Grimsby Town were playing away at Barnet in North London.

During half time the Ian John Lawless was ejected from the ground by club stewards for swearing at a female steward and then refusing to leave.

Police said he was heavily intoxicated and had to be forcibly removed from the ground. He put up a struggle and was arrested for a public order offence and being drunk inside a football stadium.

Humberside Police has also issued an appeal for information about a number of Grimsby Town supporters who have caused trouble.

Ian Lawless appeared at Willesden Magistrates Court on February 2 and was found guilty of the offence given a three-year football banning order.

Humberside Police’s Dedicated Football Officer PC Paul Hurrell said: “We work very closely with police forces around the country and football related antisocial behaviour, violence and disorder will not be tolerated.

“Banning people like Ian Lawless from football games makes it safer for everyone to go to football matches.

“Families do not want to have to suffer from hearing abusive language and drunkenness and want to support their teams without fear of violence or intimidation.”

The force added: “If you can help us rid the game of violence call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.