A Stoke City football supporter from Biddulph has been handed a prison sentence and given a football banning order for his part in disorder at the Port Vale v Stoke City U21 match last December

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A Stoke City football supporter from Biddulph has been handed a prison sentence and given a football banning order for his part in disorder at the Port Vale v Stoke City U21 match last December.

Jacob Williams-Powell, aged 21 of Balfour Grove, in Biddulph, was found guilty of “using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour with intent to cause fear of /provoke unlawful violence at a trial on May 9. The match took place on 4 December 2018.

Williams-Powell was sentenced on May 22 following reports from the probation service. The judge considered his conduct deserved “punishment close to the maximum allowed” and sentenced him to 12 weeks immediate imprisonment, issued a six year football banning order and ordered him to pay £115 surcharge.

Dedicated Football Officer, PC Benjamin Greensides said: “Staffordshire Police Football unit welcome the outcome and hope this will send the message that this sort of behaviour at football matches will not be tolerated and any incidents of poor behaviour will be investigated.”