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Banning orders for two fans who had smoke grenades at Gillingham v Charlton Athletic match

PUBLISHED: 14:49 13 October 2017

Gillingham FC's home ground, Priestfield in Gillingham.

Gillingham FC's home ground, Priestfield in Gillingham.

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Both pleaded guilty in court

Two football fans have been given banning orders after taking smoke grenades into a League One tie last month.

Smoke grenades were thrown on to the pitch when Gillingham FC hosted Charlton Athletic on September 16.

Two men were arrested after the match, including 20-year-old Brogue Stevens, of Cobham Close in Faversham.

He later admitted to throwing a smoke grenade and possessing an offensive weapon.

On Tuesday, September 10, he was handed a five year football banning order, ordered to pay £200 and given a suspended 60-day prison sentence.

Charles Priston, 24, of Bladindon Drive in Bexley, admitted possessing a smoke grenade and given a three year banning order.

He was also fined £215.

Kent Police’s dedicated football officer PC Geoff Greensmith said: “A small minority of fans put themselves and others in danger by throwing pyrotechnics at football matches.

“We will continue to work closely with all local football clubs and where incidents such as this occur, we will identify and bring to justice those responsible.

“The overwhelming majority of football fans are well-behaved and passionate about their teams, and ensuring their safety while they enjoy the game is our number one priority.”

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