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Luton and Millwall FA Cup tie: Twelve charged over 'stand-off'

Twelve men have been charged with public order offences after trouble broke out as Luton Town faced Millwall in the FA Cup earlier this year.

Prior to kick-off on 16 February there was a short "stand-off" between police and some fans in Dudley Street and Old Bedford Road in Luton, police said.

After the game, a number of incidents took place in the town centre.

The men, aged between 19 and 39, were bailed at Luton Magistrates' Court, to appear again on 28 August.

All the alleged offences took place on the day of the FA Cup fifth round match at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground, which ended in a 3-0 win for Millwall.

Seven were charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, including two Luton men, Grant Mitchell, 19, of Parys Road and Liam Jones, 26, of Chapel Street, who is also charged with being drunk and disorderly.

The others are Dunstable men Daniel O'Keefe, 19, of Aldbanks, and Thomas Howson, 19, of Mentmore Crescent, plus Aaron Timms, 19, of Stewartby Way, Stewartby, Joshua Plumb, 19, of St Leonards Street, Bedford and Kevin Davis, 33, of Queensdale Crescent, London.

Four have been charged with affray - Nicky Sanders, 21, of Whipperly Way, Luton, Tyrone Fuge, 39, of Lowther Road, Dunstable, Christopher Fowler, 36, of Chantry Avenue, Kempston and Benjamin Currington, 25, of Clifton Road, Shefford.

Ben Smith, 25, of Williams Way, Flitwick has been charged with being drunk and disorderly.

The game was the teams' first match-up in the competition since March 1985, when Kenilworth Road saw some of the worst incidents of football hooliganism in the 1980s.

It led to a ban on away supporters by Luton Town that lasted four seasons.

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