Hartlepool United v Carlisle United pitch invasions under investigation

A total of 14 arrests were made at the game.
A total of 14 arrests were made at the game.

The Football Association has launched an investigation into pitch invasions at a Pools game last month.

Travelling Carlisle United supporters encroached onto the Victoria Park pitch during goal celebrations as the Cumbrians won the League Two fixture 3-2 on August 29.

A Carlisle United player pictured with part of a seat.

A Carlisle United player pictured with part of a seat.

Cleveland Police made 14 arrests at the game – 10 of which were classed as visiting supporters – and Carlisle have asked anyone who can identify those who took part in the incident to come forward.

Pools, meanwhile, have raised an invoice for £2.376 for repairs to damage caused to the seating area in the away end at the ground.

Carlisle United media officer Andy Hall said: “We were notified by the FA that they are looking into the reports of pitch invasions which happened during the game at Hartlepool at the end of August.

“To that end we would ask anyone who can help us to identify individuals involved in these incidents to contact us.

We would ask anyone who can help us to identify individuals involved in these incidents to contact us

Andy Hall

“We take this type of incident very seriously and we will issue banning orders for any supporters who break ground rules or regulations, home or away.”

Ten supportersfrom Cumbria who were arrested on the day of the game appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates Court.

Joseph Thomas Coward-Cullen, 18, of Cross Hill Farm, Carlisle, was fined £80, made to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and court costs of £150 for entering the playing area, as was Paul Hayton, 25, of Currock Park Avenue, Carlisle, who also paid £40 costs, the same as David Nevison, 24, of Linden Terrace, Carlisle, and Mark Tweddle, 22, of The Firs Station Road, Carlisle.

James Etheridge, 19, of Knowefield Avenue, Carlisle, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months for using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, and also received a £40 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £150 court costs.

Michael Green, 20, of Marks Avenue, Carlisle, was bailed to appear back at the court on September 21, charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Kevin McKnight, 31, of Vasey Crescent, Carlisle, pleaded not guilty to being drunk in a sports ground, and will reappear at the court for a trial on December 8.

Jonathan Haughan, 21, of Tawny Barn, Carlisle, was remanded on conditional bail until December 1, when he will reappear at the court over the offence of going onto the playing field.

Christopher Turner, 43, of Blencowe Street, Carlisle, was given a conditional discharge for six months, and made to pay a £15 victim surcharge, as well as £85 costs and £150 court costs.

The case of James Thomas Moore, 19, of Ashford Road, Workington, over being drunk in a sports ground, was adjourned until September 16.

Anyone which could help to identify individuals who either entered the field of play, or caused damage in the away end, can call 01228 526 237 or email enquiries@carlisleunited.co.uk