Men accused of football violence on day of game between West Bromwich Albion and QPR"
by Chris Henwood, Birmingham Mail
Jun 16 2012
Lee Forman, Jason King; Paul James Daniels, Stuart Perkins, Ben Malpass; Kevin Ward, Ashley Ward
THESE men are accused of taking part in a huge pub fight between football hooligans on the day of a Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers.
Paul Davies, 22, Benjamin Malpass, 19, Stuart Perkins, 18, and brothers Ashley Ward, 19, and Kevin Ward, 20, were among nine people charged with violent disorder over the incident.
Dominic Mallin, 18, and a Dudley 17-year-old, who cannot be named, were also charged at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
They were allegedly part of a group of around 40 that descended upon the Wagon and Horses pub, in Halfords Lane, near West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns stadium.
Lee Foreman, 26, and Jason King, 42, were also charged, but claimed they were innocently in the pub when violence erupted on April 14 this year.
Prosecutor Colette Orton told the court the two men were part of an opposing 40-strong group of hooligans linked with QPR.
The clash of the two groups saw “large scale disorder involving weapons and bottles being thrown,” said Ms Orton.
Foreman, of Bathurst House, Shepherds Bush, London, and King, of Lancaster Walk, Hayes, Middlesex, both denied violent disorder.
Mallin, of Wellsbourne Drive, Coseley, was represented by Tamina Greaves and also denied violent disorder.
The 17-year-old, represented by Reyaz Ali, gave no indication of plea, as did Davies, of Wooton Close, Woodcross, Wolverhampton, Malpass, of Barlow Road, Wednesbury, and Perkins, of Moor Street, Wednesbury.
All three men were represented by Stephen Cobley. The Wards, both of Carisbrooke Road, Wednesbury, and represented by Harmail Gill, also gave no indication of plea.
Presiding magistrate J Douglas bailed them all on condition they didn’t go to England games and told them to return to the court on August 6 for committal hearings.
She also told the Black Country defendants they couldn’t go to West Bromwich Albion games while on bail. The two remaining defendants were told they couldn’t go to QPR matches while on bailBirmingham Mail
Very interesting Perspective given all the talk of a new QPR Stadium. Obviously Circumstances differ radically. But still interesting.
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