Man fined for charging at police during Rangers title celebration

Gordon Allison lashed out at officers in Glasgow's George Square on May 15 this year.

Man fined for charging at police during Rangers title celebration Euan Cherry via SNS Group
Glasgow: Rangers fans took over George Square on May 15.

An engineer who repeatedly charged at police and kicked their shields during the Rangers title celebrations has been fined £500.

Gordon Allison lashed out at officers in Glasgow’s George Square on May 15 this year.

The 47-year-old was caught following a later CCTV review of the scene which housed jubilant Gers supporters.

Allison – a dad-of-two – later blamed a “cocktail” of medication and alcohol for his behaviour.

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On Wednesday, Allison pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm.

The court heard conventional police were stood down and replaced with public order officers in order to “control the situation”.

Officers – who had formed a public order line with shields – came “under attack” after 8pm.

The CCTV review identified Allison as one of the culprits.

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Prosecutor Jennifer Sillars said: “Officers were attempting to disperse a large crowd causing disorder.

“Allison was on the roadway at the south-west corner of George Square standing in front of a shield.

“He was caught on the footage acting in a disorderly manner by charging towards the officers in an aggressive manner and kicking riot shields.

“CCTV also showed him charging at police while trying to be held back by an unknown member of the public.

“He was seen kicking shields and appeared to fall backwards.

“He charged towards the public order line again and kicked at the shields.”

Allison, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, later voluntarily handed himself into police.

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Ms Sillars called for a football banning order which was refused by the sheriff.

Stephanie Grieve, defending, told the court: “Rangers were successful that day and he was a member of the public who did not attend the game.

“The mix of alcohol and medication provided a cocktail.

“He doesn’t remember the event and on reviewing the CCTV he is horrified to see himself.”