Shameful Record of Hooligan's Violence; Police Dossier Reveals the Full Extent of Football Thug's Crimes Both Here and Abroad as Banning Order Is Made by Magistrates

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PINNED to the ground by Portuguese riot police, soccer thug Christopher Bone brings shame on English football.

His disgraceful Euro exploits in 2004 exposed the largely-hidden underbelly of hooliganism on Tyneside.

Since then Bone has continued to bring match-day violence to the streets of Newcastle.

The 36-year-old was deported from Portugal in 2004 after sparking riots during England's European Championship battle.

But despite receiving a six-month suspended prison sentence, he has spent the following years building up links with Newcastle United's Gremlins.

In September last year Bone was among more than 50 known Gremlins who travelled to York for a drink-fuelled day of violence to celebrate the gang's 25th birthday.

Today the Chronicle can reveal the dossier of disorder that saw Bone mix with some of Tyneside's worst soccer yobs.

His confrontations include being part of a 120-strong group of Toon fans who travelled to Middlesbrough for a pre-arranged dust-up with a rival hooligan gang.

PC Steve Graham, in a football banning application presented to Newcastle Magistrates' Court, said: "The Chief Inspector was of the opinion that these individuals had come to Middlesbrough with the intention to seek disorder and not with a view to watch the match.

"This is based on the intelligence associated with the individuals and the fact they arrived in Middlesbrough after the match had started and that they had sought a confrontation with Middlesbrough risk supporters immediately after departing the railway station.

"The indications were that Middlesbrough were aware that the Newcastle group had yet to arrive."

Bone's list of criminality include offences of being drunk and disorderly, breach of the peace and actual bodily harm. On June 16, 2004, he was arrested in Portugal during the European Championships for a public order offence and resisting arrest.

The following day he appeared at Albufeira Court and was kicked out of the country for 12 months. Four years later, he was convicted at Albufeira Judicial Court of rioting, a footballrelated offence. He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for one year.

But it was his bid to protect a hooligan pal from being arrested that eventually saw him booted out of the game for three years.

Bone was at the centre of violent clashes during January's Wear-Tyne derby with fellow risk supporter Jonathan Major. Violence spilled on to the pitch as seats were wrenched from the stadium and hurled at opposing fans.

A dossier by Northumbria Police's football banning unit, states: "At this particular fixture emotions were running high at the final whistle as Sunderland, who had been trailing 0-1, scored a late equalising goal.

"This led to disorder breaking out inside the stadium, with fighting taking place and coins and seats being thrown across the segregation line. In excess of 350 seats were damaged after the match. DVD footage recorded on the day shows a known risk supporter, Jonathan Major, stamping on and breaking seats inside the stadium.

"An officer in protective equipment tries to grab Major and arrest him. As he does so the defendant wrestles him away from the officer and into the crowd."

Following the fixture Major fled to his home in Spain but more than a month later Bone was arrested and given a caution for obstructing an officer. …


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