Vimto throwing fan gets three-year football ban

Brett Houlsworth, 29
Image caption Brett Houlsworth, 29, threw Vimto at a police officer at a railway station

A man who threw a Vimto drink at a police officer following a pre-season friendly between Grimsby Town and Sheffield United has been given a three-year football banning order.

Two officers were injured when glasses, bottles and other items were thrown during fighting on 23 July.

Brett Houlsworth, 29, from Sheffield, admitted assaulting a policeman when he appeared before magistrates in Grimsby.

The court heard he threw Vimto at an officer at a railway station.

He was unhappy that his uncle was being held in a headlock by another officer, magistrates were told.

Houlsworth, of Wadsworth Avenue, was also given an 18-month conditional discharge.

'Failed miserably'

Another man Perry Smith, 30, of Garland Close, Westfield, in Sheffield, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by beating when he appeared before the same magistrates.

He is due to stand trial on 29 September.

Two other men, who were charged after the trouble in Cleethorpes, are due to appear at the same court later this month.

Grimsby Town said efforts to work with police to control disorder at the match "failed miserably".

Humberside Police said its officers were "brought on duty early to assist in the policing operation".

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