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Football Banning Orders
Posted by: Koppette
Date: 25/11/2016 14:54
There was seemingly an attempt in some quarters of the media to make a 'thing' about a reported rise in football related arrests this week. Here are some facts about the National League from those statistics.

The headline: Nearly 2,000 football fans were arrested in the 2015-16 season (across all leagues), the first rise for three years.

The season saw 140 Banning Orders given to fans in the National League.

The highest in the National league was Lincoln City with 35, followed by Grimsby Town on 27, and Wrexham on 19.

Closer to home, there were 17 Banning orders for fans at Chester City, 13 at Tranmere Rovers and none at Southport.

There were 74 arrests for football related offences in the National League last year when there were 557 matches played not including FA Cup or FA Trophy: 15 for violent disorder, 25 public disorder, 2 throwing missiles, seven for pitch invasions, 17 alcohol offences, 2 possession of an offensive weapon, 4 possession of pyrotechnics,

You'd have to go to at least 8 matches in the national league before you'd see an arrest happen. With minor disorder likely to have seen multiple arrests at one match you can probably double that to at least 15 games between arrests.

There were 13 at Grimsby Town, 10 at Lincoln City, 9 at Tranmere Rovers, 8 at Boreham Wood and 8 at Wrexham.

Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, Amanda Jacks, case worker for the Football Supporters’ Federation, said magistrates needed to consider all the circumstances of an offence before imposing an order.
She said: “You can get a football banning order for an offence 24 hours either side of a football match.
“Whilst there are undoubtedly people who do have banning orders for violent disorder and affray, many more have them for non-violent offences because magistrates do not apply the tests they should be applying.”

Tranmere continues to be a safe environment to watch football.

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