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Newcastle United Want Fans To Help With Security Issues

7 years ago
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Newcastle United’s head of security, Steve Storey, has urged supporters to assist the club in finding and prosecuting those who bring smoke canisters and grenades into games.

This call for aid has come about after a young fan had a smoke grenade explode under his seat as he watched Newcastle’s away win at Aston Villa. Ellis Curry, aged seven, of Wallsend suffered the distressing incident during the celebrations that greeted Hatem Ben Arfa’s opening goal for the Magpies.

I was really scared and afraid. It was like a bomb had exploded under my seat; it hurt my ears and green stuff covered my programme.”

“A man pulled me up over the seat and my dad was looking round. A steward ran to where I’d been sitting. I was shocked and my dad was angry.”

It is the belief of Mr Storey that those responsible for launching the grenade were protected from prosecution by other Newcastle supporters. “We want people to give them so they can face prosecution from the courts and the club. Igniting flares is a criminal offence.”

Ellis’ mother Carolyn had this to say of the incident: “I’m always concerned about his going to games but I know he’s safe because he’s with his dad.” Of those responsible, she said, “How would they feel if it was their sibling? He was terrified.”

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