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Football lout spat in steward's face
7:40am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A FOOTBALL hooligan from Boreham has been found guilty of spitting in a steward’s face at a Southend United match.
Daniel Reynolds, 23, didn’t turn up for his trial at Southend Magistrates Court this week.
The court heard Reynolds was at the Southend United v Leyton Orient game on February 20 at Roots Hall when he kicked off as stewards were trying to drag him away.
He could now also face an order banning him from football grounds.
PC Dean Rutter, who was part of the team of officers policing the match, was called as a witness. He said: “We were called after someone threw a signal flare into the opposing crowd. There were a lot more objects being thrown.
“I saw Mr Reynolds being brought through by several stewards. He looked very angry, he was pulling away from them and being very aggressive.”
PC Rutter said Reynolds was shouting abuse. As they walked up the stairs, he lashed out, causing the group to fall.
He added: “We fell between the rows of seats and I landed with my chest halfway up his chest. I heard a hocking noise and he spat on the steward’s face.”
Reynolds, of St Andrews Road, Boreham, denied the three offences but magistrates found him guilty of using abusive and insulting words or behaviour, assault against the steward and common assault against PC Rutter.
Chairman of the bench, Mr Smale, issued a warrant for Reynolds’ arrest.
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