Cod Army fan banned from grounds

Morecambe's Globe Arena
Morecambe's Globe Arena

A man has been banned from football matches after swearing at a woman police officer, and repeatedly “moving menacingly towards her” outside a stadium.

James Ryan-Glen, who had just watched Fleetwood Town’s away match against Morecambe, then tussled with the woman officer, and in the struggle a police van window was shattered.

Ryan-Glen, 20, of Poulton Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour and resisting arrest.

He was sentenced to a three-year Football Banning Order and fined £140 with £85 costs, plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said after the match at Morecambe’s Globe Arena on Boxing Day, police were trying to arrest a man outside the stadium. Ryan-Glen was one of 15 people standing round a police vehicle as one of their group was arrested.

The defendant was twice pushed back by a policewoman and he shouted at her “Don’t touch me.”

He called the officer obscene names and when arrested struggled violently.

David Charnley, defending, said Ryan-Glen did not accept calling the officer obscene names, but accepted obstructing the officer.