Football yobs barred from Town games

SELF-styled 'Colonel' Leo Temple and another football yob are today barred from going to Ipswich Town games for three years.Temple, who also brands himself as 'Mr ITFC, and Craig Wright, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, did not contest the application at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court for football banning orders.

SELF-styled 'Colonel' Leo Temple and another football yob are today barred from going to Ipswich Town games for three years.

Temple, who also brands himself as 'Mr ITFC, and Craig Wright, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, did not contest the application at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court for football banning orders.

Neil Addison, representing the British Transport Police who were supported in their application by Suffolk Constabulary, said Temple had been the subject of a previous ban which expired in 2006. He had also served a prison sentence after breaching that order for bringing alcohol into a football ground.

The 39-year-old is currently barred from Portman Road after disorderly behaviour near the end of last season and abusing a club steward.


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At various times Temple, of Kelvedon Road, Colchester, has been abusive and threatening to police officers. He has also been seen trying to antagonise other supporters.

Magistrates were told that in London after one match Temple, who calls himself 'The Colonel', and other thugs caused disorder and the police had to commandeer a vehicle to take the yobs back to Liverpool Street Station.

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Mr Addison said Wright had also been involved in a number of incidents over the past five years.

In 2004 at a friendly in Peterborough the 24-year-old was seen making Nazi salutes. Two years later when Portsmouth came to Ipswich Wright did not attend the game. However, he was with a group of troublemakers who were chanting by the visitors' exit.

The same year when Town played at Colchester, Wright was drunk and disorderly, even though he did not go to the game.

Later in 2006 he was seen taunting Norwich fans, while in March 2007 he was part of a group who ambushed Canary fans at Ipswich railway station while they were changing trains.

The court was told Inspector Bob Munn of the BTP described that incident as “extremely frightening and grave public disorder”.

Wright and Temple were legally represented at the hearing but did not attend court.

After the hearing, Pc Will Marshall of the BTP's football intelligence unit said: “Swearing or shouting at rival fans, whether inside or outside the ground, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Those who think they can behave in such a way should know they will be dealt with robustly.”

Pc Marc Norman, Suffolk Police's football intelligence officer, said: “We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.”

n. The pair are not allowed to be within three miles of any stadium where Ipswich are playing away for four hours before the game or after the final whistle.

n. When Town are at home or should an England team play in Ipswich they are not allowed to enter a designated area for four hours before kick-off until midnight.

n. Finally, when Ipswich are away or England play a home game the pair can not travel on the railways of England and Wales without written permission from the BTP.

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