Men jailed for fight before Shrewsbury and Walsall fixture

Six men have been jailed for their roles in a football-related brawl in Shrewsbury town centre.

The fight happened in Mardol and Smithfield Road on 14 October last year before Shrewsbury Town's League One derby with Walsall.

As well as the six jailed, a further 15 have received sentences ranging from unpaid work to football banning orders.

Three police officers were injured trying to stop the violence - including one who suffered a broken leg.

On Monday, Shaun Peach, 25, of Old Heath in Shrewsbury, and Stephen Hawkesford, 36, of Allerton Road in Shrewsbury, were both jailed for a year and given six-year football banning orders.

Daniel Jones, 26, of Brook gardens, Ford, Shrewsbury, was jailed for six months and given a six-year football banning order.

'Difficult inquiry'

On Tuesday, Luke Dodd, 25, from Sutton Way in Shrewsbury, was sent to prison for 18 months and given a six year football banning order.

On Wednesday, Arron Arrowsmith, 34, of Harden Road in Walsall was jailed for nine months, made to pay a £100 victim surcharge and banned from matches for six years.

James Ross, 27, of Windruss Close in Walsall, was jailed for nine months, made to pay a £100 victim surcharge and banned from matches for six years.

All had admitted violent disorder while Ross admitted an extra count of possession of drugs.

West Mercia Police Supt James Tozer praised his officers for their perseverance during the investigation which has spanned more than a year.

"We had a small team of three officers dedicated to what was a prolonged and difficult inquiry," he said.

"They were determined and committed, spending many hours scrutinising CCTV footage working with West Midlands Police officers to identify the offenders."

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