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Yorkshire club hand lifetime bans to father and son after fan violence incident

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Two Wakefield Trinity fans have been sentenced at York Magistrates Court following crowd trouble in Trin’s 1895 Cup game against York Knights back in February.

For their actions Wakefield Trinity have handed the father and son pair lifetime bans whilst they were also facing the Magistrates Court at York this week.

Martin Wesley Forkes, 59, and his son, 23, were involved in crowd violence at the LNER Stadium back in February and subsequently arrested following the game.

Footage of the disruption quickly emerged on social media at the time with drinks being thrown and stewards having to police the crowd, however, it quickly became an actual police matter after the scenes got uglier.

North Yorkshire Police had appealed for witnesses and information after an incident in the East Stand was reported at the game that Trinity won on February 4th. Arrests were made and the case has now been heard at York Magistrates.

The York Press have reported that Rob Fones, serving as Mr Forkes’ solicitor revealed both father and son had been handed a lifetime ban by Wakefield Trinity with the 59-year-old Forkes handed a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay protection costs and a statutory charge totalling £111.

Mr Forkes’ son was handed a police caution and was not called to court for the incident.

Antony Farrell, prosecuting, argued that both men assaulted the steward and were involved in goading other fans which had ignited some of the violence.

Wakefield Trinity ban fan duo for life

Wakefield Trinity

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At the time, a police spokesperson said to the York Press: “Altercations then took place outside of the stadium near to the turnstiles and again near to the Monks Cross park and ride bus stop.

“Officers are appealing to anyone who was at the game and witnessed any of the incidents, including anyone who may have been affected by the incident, for example, you may have been assaulted or affected in some other way.”

As referenced above, York Press now reported the update that both men have been handed lifetime bans from the LNER Stadium and also banned by Trinity themselves, with fines and charges also handed down.

Back in February, Trinity’s new owner Matt Ellis spoke of his pride in the huge number of travelling supporters, but he will have undoubtedly since been involved in the decision to hand out lifetime bans to both men.

Ellis said: “Thank you to the unbelievable away support that travelled over to York today to cheer on the team. It was a very proud day for me personally being the first competitive fixture.

“We broke the club’s record for away ticket sales before even adding the people who bought tickets on the day at the stadium. The away support must have been around the 1500 mark which as a club we should be very proud of. Let’s take that following everywhere we go.

“The atmosphere that you created in the away end today was incredible and it was amazing to see how bouncing the stand was.

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