Football banning order for man who racially abused British Transport Police officer

A man who resisted arrest and racially abused a police officer has been issued with a four year football banning order.

Dean Chandler, aged 33, of Redshank Lane, Birchwood, Warrington, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, resisting/obstructing a police officer and a racially aggravated public disorder offence.

He was sentenced on Friday 10 March at Bolton Magistrates’ Court and received a four year football banning order.

He also received a community order of 150 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £85 In costs, £100 compensation and a victim surcharge of £114

The court heard how on Saturday 13 August last year, at around 7pm, an intoxicated Chandler had returned from a Bolton match at Port Vale, when he threw a metal barrier at Manchester Piccadilly station in the direction of other fans.

As two BTP officers attempted to escort him from the station for his behaviour Chandler began shouting and swearing, throwing his arms around trying to break free, kicking one of them.

He then began making vile comments towards the arresting officers, including racial slurs and  attempted to head butt one of them.

Sergeant Rebecca Swift said: “Violence and racial abuse directed at anyone on the railway, whether it be members of the public, rail staff or our officers will never be tolerated.

“Being drunk is no excuse for behaviour like this – the banning order should serve as a reminder to anyone who believes they can get away with abusing others on the railway – there will be consequences.”