Stockport: 'Abusive' football fan fined for station incident - 20/01/2001
Source: Lancashire Evening Telegraph
A STOCKPORT supporter was arrested on Blackburn railway station after his team had played in Burnley.
Blackburn magistrates heard that police were called after members of the public described people on the platform behaving like "animals".
And when the officers arrived at the tail end of the disturbance they found people with cuts and bruises around the station.
Craig Martin Johnson, 20, of Brownedge Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour. He was fined £100 with £80 costs.
Clare Fanning, prosecuting, said that as a result of the disturbance, involving a group of Stockport supporters and other young men, there had been a serious assault.
Police were speaking to a witness to that assault when they noticed Johnson shouting in a provocative manner.
He initially moved on as requested but when officers came on to the platform with another witness, who began pointing out certain individuals, Johnson again became aggressive and abusive.
Basharat Ditta, defending, said Johnson had originally pleaded not guilty to the offence which dated back to October 14.
"He now accepts that his behaviour was untoward although he does not accept all that the prosecution say about him," said Mr Ditta.