Thugs terrified Tube passengers

TWO football fans from the Mexborough area have been sentenced for their part in a mass brawl at a London Tube station after a big match at Wembley.

They were among eight Rotherham United fans appearing at Blackfriars Crown Court following a fight in May last year when they travelled to London to watch Rotherham United play Dagenham and Redbridge in the League Two play-off final.

John Sheridan, aged 21, of Cliff Way, Denaby Main, was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 100 hours of community service and £200 costs after pleading guilty to affray.

Ben Pankovics, 20, of Cowper Road, Mexborough, was sentenced to 100 hours’ community service and £200 costs after pleading guilty to a public order offence.

Craig Rockett, aged 33, of Pepper Close, Kimberworth Park, and John Vernon, 26, of Badsley Moor Lane, Herringthorpe, both pleaded guilty to a public order offence and in addition to football banning orders were given four month prison sentences suspended for 12 months.

They were also sentenced to 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay costs of £200.

Four other Rotherham men were also sentenced for their part in the disorder.

The court heard the eight men boarded an underground train at Baker Street heading for King’s Cross after the play-off final and became rowdy and started chanting.

As the train arrived into King’s Cross, a fight broke out between the group and other supporters which spilled out onto the platform.

During the brawl, bottles were thrown at the train and the men threatened passengers on the train with violence.

British Transport Police and South Yorkshire Police identified the men after their actions were captured on CCTV cameras.

Det Sgt Ant Jones said it was “unnecessary violence which caused a great deal of distress and fear”.