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Football hooligans sentenced after disorder outside Peterborough pub

Gaston Van Houwelingen, Jon Roe and Paul Gaynor. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Seven football hooligans have been sentenced for their parts in a serious disorder outside a pub in Peterborough.

During the second half of the game between Peterborough United and Millwall on October 3, 2015, a number of opposing fans clashed on Oundle Road. Beer bottles were thrown and used by the group as weapons to commit assaults on each other.

The group, all of whom were charged with affray, were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday, November 1.

  • Paul Gaynor, 34, of Braganza Street, Southwick, London – 15 months’ imprisonment and an eight year Football Banning Order.
  • Jack Wright, 22, of Lancaster Drive, Hornchurch, London – 32 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years with 200 hours’ unpaid work and a four year Football Banning Order.
  • Jon Roe, 30, of Cherry Garden Street, Southwark, London – eight months’ imprisonment and an eight year Football Banning Order.
  • David Stone, 54, of Cherry Garden Street, Southwark, London – eight months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and a four year Football Banning Order.
  • Gaston Van Houwelingen, 44, of Chestnut Avenue, Newham, London – eight months’ imprisonment and a six year Football Banning Order.
  • Jack Reid, 26, of Gomm Road, Southwick, London – 38 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, 220 hours’ unpaid work and a three year Football Banning Order.
  • Shaun McNulty, 22, of Pheasant Way, Yaxley, Peterborough – six months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, 100 hours’ unpaid work and a three year Football Banning Order.

Five of the men, Roe, Stone, Van Houwelingen, Gomm and McNulty plead guilty to the offence. Gaynor and Wright plead not guilty and were found guilty at a crown court trial on Wednesday, September 28.

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Mosque has 'no objection' to proposed Louis Smith visit

The chairman of a mosque in Peterborough has invited gymnast Louis Smith to observe prayers in a bid to educate him about the Muslim religion.

Abdul Choudhuri from the Faizan-e-Madina Mosque in the city has taken the step after a video emerged of Smith appearing to mock Islam.

Smith has since apologised for his actions, and Mr Choudhuri has called on him to be forgiven.

"We have no objection if he asks for forgiveness," Mr Choudhuri said.

"He should come to the mosque and learn what Islam is all about.

"We want to make him aware and understand the religion of Islam. He is a role model and we hope that by learning about Islam, he will be a better person."

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