Violent BNP Activist banned from Euro’s

Matthew Collins - 16 05 12
Harwood with BNP Leader Nick Griffin

Harwood with BNP Leader Nick Griffin

With the European Championships fast approaching, most football supporters can’t wait until the tournament kicks off next month.

One person who isn’t quite as enthusiastic is Hartlepool BNP activist Ashley Harwood.

Harwood, who is also an EDL supporter would quite like to travel to the continent to watch England take on the likes of France,Sweden and hosts Ukraine. Unfortunately he can’t.

The reason he can’t is that Harwood is a violent football hooligan who is currently on a 4 year banning order following violence which left a rival supporter fighting for his life, leaving him with injuries from which he may never recover.

A group of Hartlepool hooligans including Harwood attacked Sheffield Wednesday supporter Kevin Taylor in 2010 leaving him with multiple skull fractures and brain swelling.

Taylor had to be airlifted to hospital and was left in a coma for ten days needing round-the-clock care in a rehabilitation unit.

Harwood admitted affray for his part in the attack and received an 8 month suspended sentence along with a four year football banning order. His friend Paul Bennett, also from Hartlepool was jailed for three years for GBH,Affray and Unlawful Wounding.


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