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Soccer hooligan in passport fine

AN OLTON man is one of five convicted football hooligans who have been fined for flouting the conditions of their banning orders.

AN OLTON man is one of five convicted football hooligans who have been fined for flouting the conditions of their banning orders.

Adam Gordon, 22, of Pierce Avenue, was required to hand in his passport before the World Cup and report to a police station on the day of every England game.

But last Wednesday, Gordon and four other men pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of the order.

The group were fined, but spared jail by Birmingham Magistrates.

Police officers had swooped on addresses across the West Midlands earlier this month - with Gordon the last to be arrested.

David Devine, prosecuting, said that the men had received warning letters, telling them to surrender their passport and report to stations on match days.

Defence solicitors said the men had either lost their passports, forgotten or been working.

Gordon was fined £255 and must pay an extra £135 in costs. Four other men were stung with similar amounts.

West Midlands Police had warned they were taking a no-nonsense approach to offenders, before the World Cup tournament started.

A sixth man, Shaun Jones, 20, of Park Lane, Wolverhampton pleaded not guilty to three offences. His case was adjourned to July 28, for trial.

 

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