Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

HOOLIGAN FAN JAILED; Court Told of 'Revenge' Headbutt on PC

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

HOOLIGAN FAN JAILED; Court Told of 'Revenge' Headbutt on PC

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A NOTORIOUS football hooligan who headbutted a police officer on Teesside in a revenge attack has been jailed for two years.

West Bromwich Albion fan John Lloyd assaulted PC Martin Portman in a pub following his team's Premiership clash with Middlesbrough on September 27 last year.

Lloyd, 47, who has previous convictions for hooliganism dating back to the 80s, blamed PC Portman - a "spotter" with West Midlands Police - for getting him jailed in 2007.

Lloyd had been among seven West Bromwich Albion hooligans who took part in a pre-arranged fight with rival Wolves fans.

On that occasion he received an 18-month prison sentence and was banned from attending matches for six years.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe told Teesside Crown Court: "The Crown's case is that this was an unprovoked attack on an off-duty police officer."

Mr Newcombe said PC Portman, and a colleague, PC Andrew Hollies, were off-duty in the Black Bull pub in Yarm town centre having spent the day observing West Bromwich Albion fans attending the Middlesbrough match. …

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