'Intimidating' Newcastle United fan fined for resisting train arrest after Magpies defeat

York Railway Station.
York Railway Station.

A drunken Newcastle United fan who abused transport police and refused to leave a train has been fined.

"Intimidating" Michael Hall is £406 out of pocket after admitting being drunk and disorderly on board a service heading back from his side's 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town on August 21.

Hall, 21, was convicted after verbally abusing police officers and resisting arrest.

An off-duty British Transport Police officer was on the train from Huddersfield to Newcastle and witnessed Hall and other members of a gang swearing and chanting abusive songs.

He contacted colleagues who met the service at York and attempted to remove Hall and others due to their behaviour.

Hall became abusive and began to swear at officers before struggling with them as they moved him on to the platform.

He continued to be aggressive and abusive and was finally arrested.

Hall, of Hendon Road, Gateshead, was fined £291 and ordered to pay £110 in costs and compensation after admitting the charge at York Magistrates' Court.

Inspector Richard Price, of the British Transport Police, said afterwards: “Hall’s behaviour was extremely intimidating for the other passengers on board.

"Trains and stations are not extensions of football terraces and fans cannot expect to travel on trains in drink singing and shouting offensive songs and behaving in an anti-social manner without us taking action.”