Four convicted after investigation into homophobic behaviour at West Ham match

Four men have been convicted of Public Order Act offences after Met Police officers investigated homophobic behaviour at a West Ham United football match.

Police investigated reports of several men shouting homophobic comments or making homophobic actions towards visiting supporters at the West Ham v Brighton & Hove Albion game on February 1, 2020.

Two men were arrested during the fixture at the London Stadium on the day of the game.

Samuel Marshall, 21 of Herbert Road, Hornchurch, and Thomas Hill, 25 of New Road, Slough, appeared on September 3 at Thames Magistrates’ Court. They pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and were each fined £200 plus costs.

The investigation continued and two other men were summonsed.

On September 30 at Thames Magistrates’ Court, Damian Critten, 24, of Farm Road, Rainham and Jack Wood, 25, of Arbour Square, London both pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act. They were each fined £120 and given three-year football banning orders.

Chief Inspector Chris Green of Met Operations said: “This investigation and these convictions show that we will not tolerate homophobic behaviour or hate crime at football matches and more broadly in our city.

“If you have information about people committing these type of despicable offences, please share that information with police. These offenders may happen to support the same football team as you, but they do not deserve your support.”

Mick Ferris

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