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Norwich City fans have been warned that anti-social behaviour before and after matches will not be tolerated.
It comes after nine men were banned from football matches for three years and fined.
The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to prosecuting offences of this nature and has a specific policy to tackle football hooliganism.
The CPS’s prosecuting lawyer Oliver Haswell said: “This behaviour is threatening and intimidating and wholly unacceptable affecting both genuine football fans and members of the public alike.
“The football banning orders which the court can impose are both a punishment to those involved and a deterrent to those who may choose to behave in a similar manner at future matches. Fans will be prosecuted and orders applied for upon conviction where the evidence permits.
“Preventing future violence and disorder will ensure that a day out at the football remains a safe and enjoyable experience for all.”
The orders bring the total number of people banned in Norfolk to 27, and Norfolk Constabulary’s PC Andy King, said the guilty verdicts represented another 100pc success rate against alleged fans who were identified, arrested and charged.
He added: “Norfolk Constabulary has a zero tolerance policy for anyone committing criminal offences associated with football and actively seeks banning orders when those individuals are brought before the courts.
“Nationally, less than 10pc of those who are issued with banning orders reoffend, so this legislation is proven and effective and we will continue to ensure it is used effectively.”
Superintendent Jo Doyle, specialist operations lead, said police worked closely with the football club to prevent disorder in and around the ground.
“The vast majority of those attending the matches just want to have an enjoyable day out,” he said.
“However, there is a small number of anti-social supporters who behave inappropriately and spoil the event for others. These people need to be aware that we will take every step necessary to bring them to account for their actions.”
Adam Mayo, 36, of Waterloo Road, Hainford, Christopher O’Dwyer, 53, of The Close, Corton, Andrew Reynolds, 41, of St Valery Lane, King’s Lynn, Christopher Sellex, 20, of Ella Road, Norwich and Will Vincent, 18, Brakefield Green, Yaxham were also fined £250, ordered to pay £65 costs and £15 victim surcharges.
John George Miller, 38, from Three Mile Lane, Norwich, and Graham Riches, 36, from Highland Road, Norwich, were fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 costs each.
Dale Creasey, 49, of The Avenues, Sheringham, and Saul Simpson, 40, of Eagle Walk, Norwich were each ordered to complete 120 community service hours.
It follows an incident on Foundry bridge, near the rail station, before the Norwich versus Leeds game on March 27.
Police in Norwich have launched an investigation after a woman claimed in a tweet she had knocked a cyclist off their bike.
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