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Police Waste Court Time In Newcastle United Football Banning Order Case

8 years ago
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The general public, including football fans, understand that the police have a job to do when somebody crosses the line – but a football banning order case has left them looking a bit pathetic on this occasion.

Two and a half years ago, Newcastle fan Joseph Millward of South Shields was given the banning order after running onto the pitch at a pre-season friendly at Darlington.

As part of the punishment, he had to surrender his passport whenever England played abroad.

However, when the fan in question landed a job on a cruise ship just off the Spanish coast, he submitted an application to the football authorities asking for an exemption so he could take the job.

Unknown to him, the email attachments that he’d sent couldn’t be opened, which subsequently meant he was technically breaking his banning order when England played an international match in September last year, while he was working on the ship.

Joseph Millward admitted failing to comply with the banning order but South Tyneside Magistrates accepted it was a ‘technical breach’ and gave him an absolute discharge  – in other words everybody’s time had been wasted with the pedantic attitude of the police on this occasion.

The Shields Gazette reports that Charles Carr, Prosecuting (though I assume they meant Defending), said;

“It is not as if the authorities asked him to attend a surgery or a caution, anything like that.

“Mr.Millward is an extremely hard working young man with no previous convictions.”

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