Lincoln City football 'thugs' jailed over pub violence

CCTV footage of the attack
Image caption Police described the men as "thugs" who gave decent fans a bad name

A gang of Lincoln City fans who "acted like a pack of hyenas" during an attack on Luton supporters have been sentenced to up to three years in jail.

During the disorder in the Ritz pub in High Street, Lincoln, on 6 October 2012 furniture and glasses were thrown and two women were injured by flying glass.

Eight of the men, aged between 19 and 36, were jailed, another three were sent to young offenders' institutions.

A twelfth man was given a detention and training order.

The terms in custody ranged from two years and one month in a young offenders' institution to three years in prison.

Passing sentence at Lincoln Crown Court Judge Sean Morris told them: "It is a miracle no-one was seriously hurt.

"This was a short-lived but extremely violent episode of public disorder.

"In the five minutes it lasted members of the public were put in extreme danger. Mayhem reigned and people were terrified."

All the defendants, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, also received 10-year football banning orders.

Police described the men as "thugs" who gave decent fans a bad name.

Last month, four Luton fans were cleared after a court heard they acted in "self defence".

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