Six football fans have received banning orders after being involved in a street fight in Peterborough city centre ahead of a football match.

The brawl broke out between one Peterborough United fan and five MK Dons fans outside O’Neills pub, in Broadway, at about 6pm on December 29 last year (2022), before the two teams played that evening.

A mother and her young child in a pram were caught in the middle of the fight.

The group appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on July 21:

•Ben Farrant, 22, of Grenidge Way, Oakley, near Bedford, and Michael Carrington, 19, of Woodmans Close, Milton Keynes, both received 200-hour community orders, fines and three-year football banning orders, having pleaded guilty to Section 4 public order offences.

•Ben Cooper, 28, of Petersham Close, (Newport Pagnell), Buckinghamshire, and Lou Barry, 29, of Flexerne Crescent, Milton Keynes, received fines of £266, having pleaded guilty to Section 5 public order offences. They will appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on 12 September where it will be decided whether they should receive banning orders.

•Luke Williams, 28, of Tickford Street, (Newport Pagnell), Buckinghamshire, received a 200-hou r community order and a fine, having pleaded guilty to Section 4 public order offences.

•Steven Ford, 58, of Grove Street, Peterborough, also pleaded guilty to Section 5 public order offences and received a conditional discharge for 12 months.

The banning orders prohibits the defendants from coming within two miles of MK Dons matches played at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, and from attending away matches. 

Football officer Mark Wood said: “This large fight took place at what was still a busy time of the evening, next to a supermarket and a taxi rank.

“There was a complete disregard for the safety of the general public by all of those involved. This should have been an opportunity to enjoy an evening mid-week game of football during the Christmas break, but a very small minority of fans were intent on causing disorder.”