An 18-year-old man from Westcliff has been banned from attending any football match across the UK for three years.
Bradd Cummins of St Helens Road was made the subject of a Football Banning Order at Southend Magistrates Court on Monday, May 16, 2016.
Cummins was arrested at Roots Hall Stadium during a match between Southend United and Bradford City on April, 20, 2016 after he was seen threatening away supporters verbally and with violent hand gestures.
He was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and later charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words of behaviour with intent to cause Bradford City supporters to believe that unlawful violence would be used against them.
The banning order prevents Cummins from entering any premises for the purpose of attending any football matches in the UK which are regulated for the purposes of the Football Spectators Act 1989. He must also surrender his passport if asked to when regulated football matches are being played outside the UK.
It also bans Cummins from going within one mile of Roots Hall Football Ground within four hours either side of scheduled kick off times and entering any other town where Southend United are playing.
Cummins must also avoid entering any pub on Marine Parade, Western Esplanade, High Street, Queens Road, Clifftown Road, Southchurch Avenue, Chichester Road, Alexander Street, Warrior Square and Lucy Road for four hours either side of scheduled kick off times.
If Cummins fails to obey the banning order he could face imprisonment and/or a fine.
Chief Inspector Nick Lee said: “I hope this banning order sends out a clear message to people who attend football matches for the wrong reasons. The vast majority of people attend to support their teams in well behaved manner. Unfortunately there will always be a small minority whose actions spoil the occasion and put the safety of others at risk. The safety of supporters remains our priority and we will continue to take robust action against violent and abusive supporters.