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Town fan locked up in Denmark

PUBLISHED: 13:30 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH Town fan is in prison in Denmark today after an attack on a Copenhagen taxi driver.

However the vast majority of Blues fans were praised by police who travelled with supporters to Sweden for proving themselves to be well-behaved ambassadors for the club.

AN IPSWICH Town fan is in prison in Denmark today after an attack on a Copenhagen taxi driver.

However the vast majority of Blues fans were praised by police who travelled with supporters to Sweden for proving themselves to be well-behaved ambassadors for the club.

In addition to the man in prison two other supporters who had travelled to the Danish capital nearby were also arrested after the incident involving the cabbie.

Superintendent Geoff Munns, who was in charge of the Suffolk Police operation in Helsingborg, said today: "The general behaviour of Ipswich Town fans was excellent however there was an incident in Copenhagen which led to three arrests.

"We would urge the fans who travel to Ipswich's next European match to maintain the good name of the town and the club and keep up their high standards of behaviour."

In addition to the three arrests two known Ipswich troublemakers were stopped from travelling to Helsingborg following liaison between Stansted Airport police and Suffolk Constabulary's football unit.

They were stopped at the airport while they were on their way out to the game under powers given to the police by new government anti-hooligan legislation.

The three men arrested in connection with the attack on the taxi driver were apprehended in Copenhagen city centre in the early hours of yesterday on suspicion of assaulting the cabbie in the Danish capital's Town Hall Square.

Two were later released without charge while the third, Ipswich fan Wayne Tinnion, 32, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was remanded for 13 days for questioning as Danish police charged him with a "violence" offence.

He faces a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail and a ban on entering Denmark, followed by immediate deportation back to England, if found guilty.

Detective Inspector Asger Jensen, who is based at police headquarters, said it appears that the trio had begun to open the back doors of the cab while the vehicle was still travelling and the driver stopped the car and told them to stop it. An argument ensued and a man sitting in the front seat "began to beat the driver with his fist".

The taxi driver sustained a broken nose in the attack.

Det Insp Jensen added there were two other incidents thought to involve visiting football fans. He said police were called when fans became drunk and started throwing bottles and glasses but the offenders ran away before the police arrived.

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