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Wealdstone Raider Arrested While Watching England Game, Accused Of Being 'Drunk And Disorderly'

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Wealdstone Raider Arrested While Watching England Game, Accused Of Being 'Drunk And Disorderly'

The Wealdstone Raider was arrested on suspicion of being "drunk and disorderly" after footage emerged of him running away from the police.

The viral football fan, known for his catchphrase, "You've got no fans!", was out watching England's Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Ukraine on Saturday.

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In a clip that has been doing the rounds, the Raider, real name Gordon Hill, is being chased by two police officers outside Redwood Sports Bar at London Bridge station before he was apprehended.

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He had a VIP ticket to watch the game in the bar but staff on the door would not admit him.

"I showed the bouncer the ticket and he couldn't get me in there for the VIP. They couldn't give me the protection that I needed," the Raider told the Daily Star.

After tensions were heightened at the door, the police were present and eventually detained the 55-year-old.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

Giving his version of events, the Raider explained: "I walk away and as I walk away, another police officer has turned up, wanting to find out what the situation is. As I'm walking out, she is saying 'come back, come back'. I thought no, I don't want it.

"Next thing I know, I've turned around and these two police officers are running towards me. Instinctively, I am running away.

"If I was really running, I would have ran faster than that - and I ran straight into a corner.

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"You know what, I don't even know why I did a runner, because I had nothing to hide. It was a spur of the moment thing.

"I shouldn't have done it. I ran straight into a corner and it's not my normal thing."

Image: PA
Image: PA

The Raider was released without charge and refutes claims he was drunk, stating that he only had a few pints and his speech impediment was the only reason for his words being slurred.

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He continued: "They took me by van to Caledonian Road Police Station.

"The officer that arrested me was just standing there speechless. The desk sergeant was amazing. Me and the van driver were just having a chat.

"He said about having alcohol in my breath. So I said if you arrest everyone at this time of night, there wouldn't be enough prison cells or police stations in the world to hold them.

"The desk sergeant was absolutely amazing.

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"They didn't charge me, they didn't even give me a caution and the desk sergeant said 'I am keeping you here because if you want to make a complaint, we have to keep it on record.'"

The British Transport Police released a statement on the matter. It reads: "British Transport Police attended London Bridge railway station following a report of anti-social behaviour at 8.18pm on Saturday 3 July.

"A man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and conveyed to police custody. He was later released and no further action was taken."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@curtains6

Topics: Football, England

Josh Lawless
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