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Iain Hepworth: 'Hooligan' nurse facing trust probe

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Image caption Six England fans have been jailed after violence in France

A psychiatric nurse convicted of football hooliganism in Euro 2016 is facing an investigation by his bosses.

Iain Hepworth, 41, who works in Greater Manchester, was jailed for three months and banned from France for throwing a bottle at a policeman in Marseille.

Andrew Maloney, of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said it was "extremely concerned" over reports about Mr Hepworth.

It has also emerged Mr Hepworth is a former Green Party candidate.

Mr Maloney, the trust's Director of Human Resources, said: "We have been made aware of the reports linking Iain Hepworth - who is employed by the Trust - to the serious events in France and we are extremely concerned.

"These actions are in no way condoned by our trust; nor do they represent the high standards and values we expect our staff to uphold. We will be investigating further as we gather more facts surrounding this incident."

Astrid Johnson, chair of Manchester Green Party, said Mr Hepworth had stood for the party in the City Centre ward of Manchester Council in 2010.

He temporarily left the party to join Labour, she said, and was "not an active member" when he signed up to the Greens again.

A spokesperson added: "Iain Hepworth is a member of his local party but has not stood for the Green Party in any capacity since 2010.

"The overwhelming majority of fans attending the European Championships are in France to peacefully enjoy a festival of football and the Green Party condemns all acts of violence which mar the occasion."

Five England fans were jailed for throwing bottles at police and a sixth jailed in connection with the violence that erupted in Marseille over the weekend before and during England's first European Championships game with Russia.

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