It was crass stupidity and grossly offensive.” Pleavin 22, of Meadow Lea, Wrexham, was also making hanging gestures towards the Chester fans.He was handed a three year Football Banning Order, a £110 fine, £20 victim surcharge, and £85 costs.
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Seven fans were banned for a total of 30 years from football matches after trouble at the Wrexham versus Chester derby earlier this season.
A police operation was launched to track down the culprits, after the anger erupted between supporters at the Racecourse match on August 31, which Wrexham lost 2-0. Seven of them pleaded guilty to a variety of public order offences including handling the banner and making hanging gestures in reference to a Chester fan who died.
Thirteen people were arrested in connection with a number of offences including the displaying of offensive banners and assaults. CCTV footage was shown of the defendants in the crowd as tensions boiled over in the stands and Chester fans became increasingly upset by the banners.
The court heard police were becoming concerned it was starting to get violent.
West, 24, of Mountain View, Brymbo, Wrexham, was also seen handling the banner and making hanging gestures towards the Chester fans.
Judge Shaw gave him a five year Football Banning Order, a five month night time curfew running from Friday to Sunday between 9pm-4am, with £85 costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.Brannan, 21, of Hen Blas, Mold, also handled the banner and threw a flare onto the Racecourse pitch before the game started, the court heard.Tomos Owain Roberts, Dean Pleavin, Jake Anthony Hughes, Christopher James West, Aidan Brannan and Craig Miller, all pleaded guilty to displaying “writing/sign/visible representation with intent to cause harrasment/alarm or distress”.Roberts, 23, of Chester Road, Wrexham, was making hanging gestures, shouting abuse and handling an offensive banner, the court heard.District Judge Andrew Shaw gave him a five year Football Banning Order, a six weeks night time curfew between 9pm-6am, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.As he sentenced him Judge Shaw said: “You were one of a number of offenders making light of somebody’s death.