South Shields football yob back in court after breaching six-year match ban

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A YOB who was slapped with a football banning order for his part in violent derby day disorder landed himself back in the dock - after failing to notify authorities of a change in his address.

Callum Graylish was given an 18-month jail sentence and banned from attending matches for six years after hurling missiles at police during clashes in Newcastle city centre after Sunderland’s 3-0 win at St James’ Park in April 2013.

He made a mistake, it was human error.

Christopher Brown

When he failed to respond to a letter ordering him to surrender passport ahead of England’s first fixture in the Republic of Ireland since a friendly game was abandoned due to crowd trouble in 1995, police discovered he had changed address.

Order the terms of the ban, the 19-year-old had to notify the authorities who imposed the order if he changed address.

Inquiries revealed Graylish, formerly of Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, and Byker, Newcastle, was now living at an address in Beach Road, South Shields.

He was arrested by police on Saturday and kept in custody until appearing before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on yesterday, where he admitted a charge of failing to comply with the banning order.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “He was sent a notice requiring him to surrender his passport but it was sent to an old address. He said he did not have a passport but confirmed he did not notify the authorities of his change of address.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “This came about because there was an game in Ireland at the weekend. He made a mistaken, it was human error.”

Graylish was given a six-month conditional discharge.