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Five Swans fans in court after away trip train disorder

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A group of Swansea City fans have appeared in court and been ordered to pay more than £1,800 for their drunken and rowdy exploits on the way back from an away match last season.

 

The five men were warned on numerous occasions about their behaviour on board the 7.30pm service from London Paddington to Swansea on Saturday, 8 April. However, they continued to swear repeatedly, shout and sing abusive chants – despite there being women and families on the busy train.

 

They were making their way home after spending the day in London watching the Swans play West Ham United in a Premier League fixture at the Olympic Stadium.

 

Gavin Bevan, aged 40, of Hill Street, Melincourt, appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on 30 October and pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress. He was fined £295 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

 

Three other men appeared before magistrates at earlier hearings and also pleaded guilty to the same offence: Lee Meyler, aged 35, of Maes y Dre, Glynneath (fined £152, victim surcharge £30, costs £85); Dameon Marc Perry, aged 44, of The Meadows, Skewen (fined £200, victim surcharge £30, costs £85); and Gavin John Morgan, aged 35, of Vale View, Pontneddfechan (fined £138, victim surcharge £30, costs £85).

 

A fifth man – 47-year-old Andrew Clive Howells, of Jones Street, Pontardawe – failed to appear at court but the case was heard in his absence and he was found guilty. He was fined £440 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

 

Chief Inspector Mark Cleland from British Transport Police said: “The behaviour of these men was intimidating for the other passengers on board and, quite frankly, inexcusable.

 

“Trains and stations are not extensions of football terraces and fans cannot expect to travel on trains while drunk, swearing and shouting offensive songs. We simply will not tolerate it. Anyone behaving in such a manner will be dealt with and will find themselves in front of the court.

 

“Sadly, our officers are called to these types of incidents most weekends. There is no doubt that a sense of tribalism exists with some fans, a feeling of anonymity within large groups – it’s your classic ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’ mentality.

 

“We are working extremely hard to break down those beliefs and have developed close working relationships with clubs to ensure they are aware of their fans’ behaviour and to consider their own sanctions.

 

“I hope that significant penalties, such as those handed down to these five men, serves as a stark warning that intimidating and anti-social behaviour will never go unpunished.”

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