A 24-YEAR-OLD man accused of football-related violence will not be banned from matches after police withdrew their application due to his ‘improved behaviour.’
Shane Timmins, of Wyggeston Street, Burton, was due to appear for the 6th time at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and had yet to enter any pleas to a string of charges related to football disorder.
Timmins had been hauled to court by police seeking an order to ban him from any football matches but have now withdrawn this application.
Chief inspector David Bird, of Staffordshire police, said: “The original summons related to his behaviour last season. In the interim his behaviour has improved and so it was no longer deemed appropriate to seek a banning order.
“It is always our aim to work together with the club to ensure fans and spectators have a safe and enjoyable experience at the Pirelli Stadium and we will take action against those individuals where appropriate.”
The offences are alleged to have been carried out by Timmins between May 2010 and January 2013.
On May 8, 2010 there was a large scale pitch encroachment between Burton Albion and Grimsby. It was claimed Timmins had to be physically restrained by a police officer from engaging in disorder with Grimsby fans.
On November 1, 2011 he was accused of antisocial behaviour, abusive language and alcohol consumption from him and associates on a coach to and from Aldershot.
Eighteen days later he was accused of squaring up to a police officer, and on February 12, 2012, CCTV footage shows Timmins being restrained by doorstaff at Retro nightclub, in Burton, after allegedly being kicked out.
In April that year he was accused of abusive language to a police officer during a match against Bristol, and allegedly made a sexual sign towards Sheffield United supporters in August.
In December 2012, it was claimed he was abusive towards police after a game against Crewe and subjected a young Burton Albion fan to personal abuse between January 1 and 19, 2013, against York City and Northampton Town.