January 3, 2023 10.20 am This story is over 15 months old

Arrests after fight at Boston United away match in Norfolk

Three men from Lincolnshire have been charged

Update: Three men from Lincolnshire have been charged with public order offences.

Nathan Stubley, 30 of Marshland Drive, Holbeach; Joseph Orrell, 32, of Mallow Gardens in Boston, and Gary Jaques, 31 of St Mary’s Way, Boston, have all been charged with threatening behaviour under the public order act.

All three have been released on conditional bail to appear at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court on February 23, 2023

An 18-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident has been given a conditional caution for being drunk and disorderly.

Four people were arrested after rival supporters began fighting inside the stadium during the second half of the league match between King’s Lynn Town and the away side from Lincolnshire – Boston United.

Officers patrolling outside the ground on New Year’s Day were deployed into the stadium and arrested four men – aged 18, 30, 31, and 32 – all on suspicion of public order offences. Boston lost the match 2-1 with Tre Mitford scoring a debut goal for the Lincolnshire side.

Norfolk Police said on January 1, 2023 that the men were taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre “where they remain in custody and will be questioned”.

Superintendent Wes Hornigold said: “Fighting between fans has no place in football and we will deal with incidents robustly. We worked closely with King’s Lynn Town Football Club to disrupt the violence and the vast majority of fans had a safe and enjoyable day.

“We will always seek to apply for football banning orders, where appropriate, which could see fans banned from matches.”

| Photo: Christian James

A statement from Boston United said: “We can confirm that we are working with Lincolnshire Police in connection with the crowd disorder that took place at the New Year’s Day fixture at King’s Lynn Town.

“The vast majority of our 412 travelling supporters behaved impeccably, but a very small minority unfortunately did not.

“There is absolutely no place at all for violence at football matches, and the club takes a zero tolerance approach in such cases.

“The club will take appropriate action against the perpetrators having consulted with the Police and King’s Lynn Town.

“We will support the investigation into the incident in any way that we can.”

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