Ten men sentenced following Tranmere V Barrow violent disorder

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Ten men have been sentenced following violent disorder involving Tranmere Rovers FC and Barrow AFC supporters during a match played between the sides in February.

The men who were sentenced last Thursday (5 October) were arrested in April this year following a joint operation between Merseyside Police and Cumbria Police following disorder that took place in the Prenton Park pub, on Borough Road.

The ten men consisted of seven Tranmere Rovers supporters and three Barrow supporters.

The incident happened at around 3.15pm while an FA Trophy fixture between the football clubs was being played in the adjacent Prenton Park ground on 25 February 2017.

The men arrested were all charged in April and pleaded guilty to violent disorder on 11 September.

The below 10 men have been sentenced as follows:

• Brett Cihlar, 45, of Lincoln Street, Barrow-in Furness, Cumbria – four months in prison; and six year football banning order

• Luke Brown, 21, of Meadway, Upton, Wirral – three months in prison, suspended for two years; a 10-day rehabilitation order; 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

• Martin Andrew Dunne, 49, of New Chester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral – four months in prison, suspended for two years; tag curfew for three months (9pm-6am); a 10-day rehabilitation order; and three year football banning order

• David Andrew Fletcher, 23, of Price Street, Birkenhead, Wirral – four months in prison, suspended for two years; a 20-day rehabilitation order; alcohol treatment order; 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

• Liam Gretton, 25, of Prenton, Wirral – 200 hours community service (unpaid work over 12-month period) and three year football banning order

• Michael Kelly, 50, Park Road North, Birkenhead, Wirral – four months in prison, suspended for two years; tag curfew for two months (9pm-6am); 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

• Jamie Lee Thomas Morris, 24, of Bebington Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral – three months in prison, suspended for two years; a 15-day rehabilitation order; 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

• Ryan Soderberg, 22, of Prestbury Road, Prenton, Wirral – three months in prison, suspended for two years; a 20-day rehabilitation order; 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

• Gavin Wood, 46, of Granville Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria – four months in prison, suspended for two years; a 10-day rehabilitation order; 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

• David Johnson, 46, of Holker Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria – three months in prison, suspended for two years; a 20-day rehabilitation order; 150 hours community service and three year football banning order

Superintendent Ian Hassall said: “The majority of Tranmere and Barrow fans went to the game to enjoy it for what it was – a football match between two passionate clubs.

“Sadly a relatively small minority from both sets of spectators seemed intent on confronting each other and officers worked hard to identify those responsible.

“We welcome the fact that these 10 men have today been sentenced for their part in that violence. These sentences show that there are serious consequences for such individuals.

“The police will not tolerate the selfish and idiotic actions of a few attempting to spoil a game of football that the vast majority of people went along to enjoy. We will continue to work with Tranmere and visiting clubs to crack down on any disorder at any future fixtures.”