Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Fans Sue Police Alleging They Were Falsely Imprisoned at Match

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Fans Sue Police Alleging They Were Falsely Imprisoned at Match

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@reachplc.com @Daverobson_gaz

BORO fans are suing police for alleged "false imprisonment" at an away game three years ago.

But they're hoping fellow football supporters will pledge financial support in case they're landed with a hefty legal bill.

The fans claim they were unlawfully detained before a night match at Derby County on March 17, 2015, breaching the European Convention of Human Rights.

Watson Woodhouse Solicitors are representing 44 of around 50 supporters, who claim they were penned in for up to four hours, issued with dispersal orders and herded on to a train to get them away from Derby, despite having caused no trouble. It's claimed that when the train arrived in Nottingham, they were again penned in until their minibuses arrived, which were then given a "blue-light" escort to the motorway.

Heading the legal bid is a solicitor currently appearing on TV show The Apprentice, Sarah Ann Magson.

But if and when it goes to trial, legal costs could reach six figures - and that's why fans have launched a campaign via the crowdfunding website Crowdjustice.

Coincidentally, the campaign has been launched on the eve of Boro's home clash with Derby County - a match where security has been beefed up.

On Twitter, Cleveland Police's dedicated football officer tweeted: "There will be dogs at the Riverside Stadium for the @Boro @dcfcofficial game this Sat, searching for drugs and pyrotechnics. Please abide by the law. @CleveLANDPOLICE @DerbysPolice" For the Boro fans' legal case, Watson Woodhouse are providing their services on a "no win - no fee" basis. However should the fans lose, they'll be liable for the police legal costs, which could top PS100,000. It's similar to an ongoing case launched by 10 Bristol City fans, who claim they were falsely imprisoned by West Midlands Police ahead of a game at The use of notices in goes on all country. …

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