City supporter fined for breaching order
A HULL City supporter has been fined £200 after breaching a football banning order.
Eagle-eyed police football spotters saw Scott Rushworth at the game against Barnsley at the KC Stadium last month.
Rushworth, 22, of Dryden Street, east Hull, had been banned from football matches following previous violent behaviour.
Police spotters PC Garry Neal said it was rare for banned supporters to breach the order but stressed they are always on the lookout for those who flout the ban.
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He said: "It is nice to see the conviction, which shows the courts take this as seriously as we do.
"What happens in the court isn't down to us, but this was a significant fine, which reflects the seriousness of the breach."
PC Neal believes the banning orders are working.
He said: "Those subject to banning orders get involved with the wrong clique.
"After the ban they often stop hanging around with the previous group and stay out of trouble.
"In the case of Mr Rushworth, he was found in the conflict area close to the away fans in the north east corner.
"So, although he wasn't involved in any unruly behaviour, he wasn't exactly staying out of trouble."
Football spotters have been around for 15 years and are crucial in ensuring football banning orders are enforced.
There are football spotters for each professional club who can pick out individuals who are breaching a banning order.
There are usually two spotters from each club.
There are currently 56 Hull City fans who are subject to banning orders.
PC Neal said: "We take photos of those who receive banning orders and circulate them to all the football spotters. The system works well and, while we can't be everywhere, we take positive action whenever we are tipped off."
People usually receive banning orders due to football violence.
Rushworth appeared at Hull Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with breaching a football banning order. As well as the £200 fine, he must pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs.