Football yob fined for disorder

Derry Sargent leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court
Derry Sargent leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court

A TEENAGE football thug who got involved in disorder after a Hartlepool United friendly has been fined by magistrates.

Derry Sargent was arrested after being abusive to police after the pre-season friendly between Middlesbrough and Pools on July 31.

The 18-year-old appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court just two days after Teesside justices banned him from attending games for five years.

He was slapped with the football banning order after causing trouble for two years at home and away Middlesbrough games, including a number of violent clashes.

Sargent was spotted among a group of men causing trouble outside Victoria Park after Pools held Middlesbrough to a 1-1 draw.

Nigel Hedley, prosecuting, said: “A bunch of males were punching each other in Morrisons’ car park and a pyrotechnic device went off.

“The group then left and police followed a group of four males including the defendant.

“He was known to police. He was abusive to police. This was while members of the public were trying to leave the ground.”

Sargent pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He represented himself in court, but did not say anything in mitigation about his behaviour.

Mr Hedley confirmed that on Monday Sargent was given a five-year football banning order by Teesside Magistrates Court.

Police applied for the order to be made after violent clashes at matches since 2010.

They included violence with Leeds supporters at Middlesbrough in October 2010 when he received head injuries and threw missiles at mounted police.

He was also abusive to Darlington fans in another pre-season friendly last July.

And last October he was said to have been looking for trouble from Millwall supporters at a home game.

Unemployed Sargent, of Ayresome Park Road, Middlesbrough, was fined £70 by Hartlepool magistrates and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.