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Middlesbrough fan fined after using offensive and abusive language on train

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A Middlesbrough football fan has been fined after he used threatening and abusive language returning from a match on a train at Peterborough railway station.

Craig Donnelly, 46 of Mandale Road in Middlesbrough, was ordered to pay £346 after he pleaded guilty to Section 5 of the Public Order Act at North Yorkshire Magistrate’s Court on 9 May. 

Donnelly had been returning from the Millwall v Midddlesbrough fixture on a London to Newcastle service at around 9pm on Saturday 16 December.
Officers boarded the service at Peterborough to assist colleagues travelling on the train after they reported disorder on board.
As they boarded Donnelly, who was standing in the vestibule area, was heard swearing and using foul and abusive language. After he was warned about his language he continued to shout offensive words and swear.

Due to his persistent anti social behaviour, officers ejected Donnelly from the train at Peterborough, his details were taken and he was interviewed by officers at his home address and subsequently summonsed to court for his behaviour.

Sergeant Bob Moody said, “The language Donnelly used, and continued to use despite being warned by on officer, was deeply offensive and unacceptable. It must have been an extremely unpleasant experience for other fans and passengers on board who overhead his vile comments.

 “Trains are not extensions of football terraces. Families, young children and older people often travel on match days too. This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable. We take all reports of anti-social behaviour on trains seriously.  If you witness or experience such behaviour, please contact us on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 discreetly”.

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