BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK: Wales
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Friday, 12 January, 2001, 17:51 GMT
Fan in violence which blinded dog
Police dog
Surgeons were unable to save Major's eye
A Swansea City fan has admitted violent disorder after a post-match battle left a police dog blinded.

Swansea Crown Court heard how 23-year-old Steven Wilkie from the Waunarlwydd, drank a "vast quantity of alcohol" before taking on rival fans and police following a match at the Vetch Field against Bristol City in October.

Police
Police were called to the clash between fans

Wilkie, a claims officer with the West Wales TEC, was at the forefront of a running battle with police as they struggled to keep the fans apart.

The court heard how he threw bottles, brandished a stick and shouted insults.

Police drafted in reinforcements from across south Wales and the kick off was delayed for 15 minutes.

But after the match - which ended in a two all draw - violence erupted once again.

Andrew Davies, prosecuting, told the court how Wilkie was caught on CCTV cameras among a group of 100 Swansea fans who confronted police outside County Hall after the game.

Bottle thrower It was then that the most serious violence occured.

Four police officers were injured by bottles and debris which fans had retrieved from skips in Oystermouth Road.

One bottle smashed in the face of Major, a five-year-old German Shepherd who was commended several times during his three years with South Wales Police.

Vets were unable to save his right eye and he was forced to retire from service.

His handler, PC John Hughes, was also injured in the incident.

The bottle thrower has not been identified.

A total of 11 more Swansea supporters are due to be commited for crown court trial next month.

Judge Gareth Davies said Wilkie should be sentenced at the same time as others involved in the violence.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories