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Two cleared of post-match trouble in Hartlepool

Two men have been cleared after trouble flared following a match between Hartlepool and Sheffield Wednesday.

Two Sheffield Wednesday fans suffered head injuries when trouble broke out in Hartlepool in August, when Wednesday beat Hartlepool 5-0.

Dean Carroll, 28, of Banff Grove, and John Welsh, 22, of Stanmore Grove, both in Hartlepool, were cleared of unlawful wounding and affray.

The two men were found not guilty after a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Six other men had already admitted being involved in the trouble at a number of different hearings. They are awaiting sentence on a date still to be fixed.

Paul Bennett, 24, of St Oswald's Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding and affray.

Paul Clark, 46, of Kendal Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to affray and assisting an offender.

Ashley Harwood, 21, of Oxford Road, and Stuart Hurst, 25, of Riverston Close, both in Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to affray.

Philip Bailey, 49, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to using violent or threatening behaviour.

Kieran Readman, 24, of Murray Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

A charge of affray against a 28-year-old man from Hartlepool was dropped.

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