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Five men sentenced over Kelvingrove 'Royal party' disorder

Unofficial Kelvingrove party
Image caption About 6,000 people turned up at Kelvingrove Park for the unofficial Royal wedding party

Five men who admitted taking part in disorder during an unauthorised Royal wedding party in Kelvingrove Park have been told to carry out unpaid work.

Liam Turbett, 23, John Bennett, 37, James Nesbitt, 26, Dominic McGoldrick, 19, and Matthew Crerar, 27, were involved in scuffles with police.

About 6,000 people went to the Glasgow park after the event was organised via social networking sites in April 2011.

Police made 22 arrests, with 11 officers hurt, when trouble flared.

Turbett, from Maryhill, admitted being part of a disorderly crowd, shouting swearing and acting aggressively and escaping from lawful custody after struggling violently with police.

Payback order

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, he was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.

Bennett, from Drumchapel, Crerar, from Partick, and McGoldrick, from Darnley pleaded guilty to being part of a group that struggled with police and freed Turbett from their custody.

Nesbitt, from Govanhill, admitted two charges of assault on police, including officers on horseback, by throwing an object at them.

Crerar and McGoldrick were ordered to carry out 120 hours of work, Bennett must do 220 hours and Nesbitt 200 hours.

The court previously heard how the gathering was organised on the day of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, on 29 April 2011, on various social media sites such as Facebook.

It was said that police had maintained a low presence and "turned a blind eye" to public drinking.

Although the event was not sanctioned by Glasgow City Council, organisers managed to provide music over a PA system.

The court heard that about 17:00 the music was switched off and the "mood changed" among the crowd, with scenes of disorder breaking out.

Glasgow City Council later said it spent about £25,000 in cleaning up the park after the gathering.

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