A Nottingham city bar was hit from the outside with chairs as innocent diners including families ate inside as Leicester City supporters unleashed a violent disorder. The shocking scenes were played in clips at Nottingham Crown Court, as eight men are to be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday February 15) for their role in the violent disorder, to which all have pleaded guilty.
Describing the case, prosecutor Steven Bailey said the incident occurred at the Fat Cat bar at lunchtime on February 6, when Nottingham Forest were playing Leicester City at home, a fourth-round cup tie. The eight defendants before the court had been at Tap & Tumbler, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, before leaving for City Ground.
They passed the Fat Cat pub, in Chapel Bar, where a number of Forest fans were eating and drinking, as well as members of the public and young children, and the bar was not expected to be the focus of trouble. The police had asked for the kick-off to be before 4 pm, but this was not done as the match was to be televised.
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“It meant that people were drinking quite a bit before the incident we’re talking about,” Bailey said Tuesday (February 14). “These two clubs contributed £30,000 towards the cost of additional policing that day, which in no way covered the full cost of policing.”
As the men walked past the Fat Cat bar, a Forest fan from inside made his way to the front door and waved at them, but Mr Bailey said that didn’t have to lead to violence in this case, but it does. was. What happened next was terrifying for many people present, Bailey said.
A girl was crying, a witness said, as the group yelled insults at the people inside, including “fucking forest,” “come on, let’s have you.”
Papers of the defendants
- Tyrone Smith, 38, of Central Road, Leicester, dropped something. He was seen jumping over a fence and approaching the bar. He knocked over two chairs. He was seen inside gesturing aggressively at people.
- Craig Jones, 23, of Arden Avenue, Leicester, threw a chair at the front door. He was seen with his hood up turning towards others in the group. He ran over and knocked over another chair.
- Przemyslaw Danik, 41, of Rutland Street, Leicester, banged on the bar door, knocked over a chair and gesticulated as he walked away.
- Neil Munden, 53, from Winforde Crescent, Leicester, threw something at the bar door and a chair.
- Samuel Malloy, 25, of Warwick Avenue, Stanion, Kettering, Northamptonshire, threw an object.
- Nathan Charles, from Pits Avenue, Braunstone Town, Leicester, was seen gesturing towards the bar as he walked with the group. He threw a beer bottle at the bar, jumped over a barrier, picked up a chair and threw it at point blank range. The target appeared to be a man at the entrance, but the chair missed.
- Warren Green, of Peverel Road, Leicester, the eldest of the defendants aged 60, threw a chair at the door of the bar.
- Craig Flint, 41, of Silver Street, Whitwick, Coalville, Leicestershire, was involved in two incidents an hour and a half apart. He picked up a chair and threw it at the door of The Fat Cat. He pleaded guilty to two violent riots: that of Fat Cat, which cost nearly £1,000 to repair, and a second incident at The Cross Keys, Byard Lane , in Nottingham city centre.