Free legal advice to kettled Pompey fans

Ken Malley
Ken Malley

Free legal consultation is being offered to Pompey fans who believe they were mistreated by police at Shrewsbury in April 2013.

In May this year, a 14-year-old Blues fan was awarded £3,500 in compensation in recognition of how he was dealt with during the last match of the 2012-13 campaign.

Before the match, a number of Pompey supporters were marched off by West Mercia Police and made to enter an empty Fever Night Club on Hills Lane.

Despite no trouble taking place, they were searched and held in the club for two hours before the police allowed them to attend the match at Greenhous Meadow which finished in a 3-2 Blues defeat.

The Football Supporters’ Federation later put the youngster – who had become separated from his friend and dad – in touch with lawyers, who successfully brought a claim against West Mercia Police.

The solicitor who handled the case, Darren White of Deighton Pierce Glynn, will visit Fratton Park to give free advice to any others affected.

And he will be in the Alliance Lounge on Wednesday, October 22, from 7pm for supporters to talk to.

Ken Malley, executive chairman of the FSF and vice-chairman of Pompey Supporters’ Trust, said: ‘We are asking supporters to come along to the meeting to talk about the chances of whether they are also entitled to compensation over their treatment at the hands of the police at that Shrewsbury game.

‘Thankfully I wasn’t one of those forced into the nightclub, although an estimated 150 to 200 were.

‘From my understanding it is a nightclub without windows and not a particularly pleasant place, although 11.30pm after a few beers it might be different.

‘This is something which is concerning as it used to occur years ago.

‘But in the main it was believed it had been stopped.

‘It is all very well kettling 200 people because there is police intelligence on one.

‘But 199 are going to be unhappy.

‘Compared to the 1980s, football fans nowadays are pretty well behaved – certainly when you look at every Saturday night in most cities – but unfortunately at times they are treated like hooligans.’

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