Pompey thugs jailed: Judge slates hooligans as throwback to bygone violent days

The judge who jailed eight Pompey fans for a rampage in Guildhall Square before a Plymouth game told them they had a ‘clear intent to fight on a large scale’. 

Judge Timothy Mousley QC took a dim view of the ‘prolonged’ and ‘premeditated’ violence that was a ‘throwback’ to bygone hooligan days.

Stills from body-worn police cameras during violence before the Pompey-Plymouth game in 2017. 'Eight men have now been jailed.

Stills from body-worn police cameras during violence before the Pompey-Plymouth game in 2017. 'Eight men have now been jailed.

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He said: ‘This did not arise out of a sporting rivalry but from a clear intent to fight in public on a large scale.’

Despite lengthy running battles against police in Guildhall Square and clashes with Plymouth fans, including where one was repeatedly booted like a football, things could have been far worse.

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‘Had it not been for the police there would have been a flashpoint involving about 200 men which I have no doubt was the intention on both sides,’ Judge Mousley said.

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He added: ‘There were no serious injuries but clearly there was the potential for them but for the well organised and professional response of the police. 

‘It is a matter of luck there were no serious injuries especially to the man on the floor getting kicked.’