Steven Gerrard has been charged!!!
national, local media descended on Southport, Merseyside after a
surprising incident in a bar in Southport Town centre, in the early
hours of Monday, 29 December 2008. The alleged incident, according
to Merseyside Police, resulted in a 34 year old man being taken to
hospital with facial injuries. It was soon established that
Merseyside Police were investigating an assault that took place in
the Lounge Inn, Bold Street and that England and Liverpool
footballer Steven Gerrard MBE was involved with five other men. It
was reported in the media that Steven Gerrard was out celebrating
after game on Sunday, that saw the Liverpool FC captain scoring
twice. At the time Merseyside police just told the media:- "We
are investigating an assault that took place in the early hours of
the morning on Bold Street in Southport. At around 2.30am this
morning, officers attended a disturbance at licensed premises on
Bold Street. Six men were arrested on suspicion of section 20
assault on Lord Street. Anyone who saw anything or who has any
information is asked to call Merseyside police on 0151 777 3165 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111." Later, on Monday, 29
December Merseyside Police confirmed that:- "Four of the men
arrested were aged 33; a 31 year old,a 29 year old and a 19 year
old, all whom come from the Huyton area, aswell as a 28 year old man
from Formby and a 18 year old man fromLitherland were also in police
custody." Late on Monday Night it was revealed that Steven
Gerrard had been charged with assault and affray following a
disturbance at a Merseyside night-club. After spending 21 hours in
police custody, the world famous, 28 year old footballer, was driven
home to Formby, after being bailed over the incident. On Thursday,
30 December 2008, Liverpool Football Club has issued a statement
when it said:- "Steven has been an outstanding servant to
Liverpool for the last 10 years and the club will give him all the
support he needs at this time."
29 year old John
Doran and 19 year old Ian Smith, who are both from Huyton,
Liverpool, have also been charged and bailed
over the incident according to Merseyside Police. All three will now
appear at North Sefton Magistrates' Courts, Albert Road, Southport,
on 23 January 2008, accused of assault occasioning actual bodily
harm and affray. It was also revealed by Merseyside Police that
three other men have been released on police bail, pending further
The Football Association told the media that it would not be making
any comment on the Premier League star's case other
than to stress that his position within the England team was not in
question. It also added that players will continue to be considered
for England while police investigations were on-going, with their
situation looked at on a case-by-case basis, were they to be
convicted of a serious criminal offence.
In a statement, a Merseyside Police spokesman said:-
"Merseyside Police has charged Steven Gerrard, 28 years, of Formby,
Sefton, John Doran, 29, and Ian Smith, 19 years, both from Huyton,
Liverpool, with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray
following an incident at Bold Street in Southport in the early hours
of Monday, 29 December 2008."
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5 Quick Steven Gerrard facts:-
He has been capped by England 70 times.
He has captained his country four times.
Liverpool John Moores University gave him an honorary fellowship in
He was made MBE in 2007
In 2008 he was awarded the Freedom of Knowsley Borough.
WE WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT ON NEW YEARS EVE.
with our traditions we will be out and about
on New Years Eve in and around Merseyside.
So keep an eye out for us when you are out
that all our staff carry ID. If you get asked for a photograph
and you want to confirm the photographer is one of our staff,
then please do ask them
to show you press ID to you. Also you
can check with the venues, as we have
pre-arranged with them, as normal, that we
will be attending their celebrations.
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Take care and be aware this New Year
Police have asked the public to take
care this New Year's Eve. As
huge numbers of people are expected to be
out celebrating the end of 2008, Merseyside
Police is appealing to revellers to be smart
and stay safe this New Year.
In an effort to reduce alcohol related
violence and disorder, Merseyside Police are
asking people to be aware of their behaviour
and their alcohol consumption. They
will also be advising them of the
consequences of alcohol fuelled anti-social
or violent behaviour; whether that be an £80
fine or a night behind bars, or worse.
High visibility patrols will be out in and
around all licensed premises on Merseyside
to tackle irresponsible, drunken and rowdy
behaviour as well as warning licensees about
the penalties they could face if they
promote irresponsible drinking.
Merseyside Police's Liverpool North Area
Commander, Steve Watson told the media
that:- ďWe donít want to stop people
having a good time over New Year, far from
it. In fact we want everyone to have a good
New Year, which is why we are so determined
to stamp out unacceptable behaviour, which
is often caused as a result of too much
Merseyside police adds that:- "Being aware of your surroundings and
staying alert, you can ensure you that you
get home safely on New Yearís Eve, with all
your valuables intact."
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this report and also information about how
to stay safe on the Merseyside Police
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