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Preston North End fans charged following disorder during Gentry Day at West Brom

Posted on - 15th April, 2019 - 2:44pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Preston North End, Sport
Hats off at Gentry Day, in which PNE fans wear bowler hats to an away game Pic: Kate Rosindale
Hats off at Gentry Day, in which PNE fans wear bowler hats to an away game Pic: Kate Rosindale

Three Preston North End fans have been charged in connection with disorder during the side’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

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Three men were arrested in connection with an incident and one of them is also charged with attacking a police officer.

West Midlands Police confirmed they had now charged the three PNE fans.

Paul Watkinson, aged 48, of Garstang Road, Preston, was charged with assault and assaulting a PC. He has been bailed to appear before Walsall Magistrates Court on 16 May.

Daniel Cavis, aged 23, of Balcarres Road, Preston, has been charged with a public order offence and possession of Class A drug. He has been bailed to appear before Walsall Magistrates Court on 16 May.

John Taylor, aged 32, of Butler Meadow, Preston, has been charged with a public order offence. He has been bailed to appear before Walsall Magistrates Court on 16 May.

A fourth man was also arrested but no details have been released about any charges in relation to him.

Read more: Spot yourself in pictures from Gentry Day at West Brom

In a separate incident a young disabled PNE fan was allegedly pushed down the stairs in the stadium.

The man responsible for policing Preston North End fans, Lancashire Police’s PC Paul Elliott tweeted about the incident.

He tweeted: “Update on the incident yesterday involving the young #pnefc fan who was pushed down the stairs. I’ve spoken to his dad, apart from a few bumps & bruises Sam is ok, he was obviously shook-up at the time. They’ll both be back on PNE Friday & I’ll be sorting a treat for them both.”

Read more: Here’s how you can sleep out at Deepdale in the Big PNE Sleep Out for The Foxton Centre

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