Football fans face court over violence at Shrewsbury Town match

Eleven suspected football hooligans – including a 16-year-old – have appeared in court charged over major disorder in Shrewsbury town centre in which three police officers were injured.

The Walsall fans appeared at Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court yesterday accused of being involved with violent disorder as large-scale fighting erupted in Shrewsbury town centre before their team played Shrewsbury on October 14 last year.

Fights broke out in Mardol and spilled over outside The Shrewsbury Hotel pub and on to Smithfield Road. Three police officers were injured.

One 16-year-old admitted a public order offence of violent disorder and will be dealt with in Youth Court later this month.

The other defendants, who are between the ages of 25 and 56, have all been charged with violent disorder. One defendant has also been charged with possessing cocaine.

None gave any indication of a plea.

The men were granted conditional bail until a hearing at the court in June before the case is sent to crown court.

Seventeen Shrewsbury Town fans aged between 18 and 47 were in court earlier this week in connection with the same incident.

All of the Shropshire men gave no indication of a plea or pleaded not guilty to violent disorder. Four also face a charge of either obstructing a police officer or assault after PC Lee Saunders suffered a fractured leg.

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