Prestonpans football flare thug avoids jail

The match was disrupted by flares and smoke bombs. ''Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

The match was disrupted by flares and smoke bombs. ''Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

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A FOOTBALL fan who was part of a mob that brought a Scottish Cup tie to a halt has escaped a jail sentence.

Stuart Bogie, from Prestonpans, was part of a 30-strong group of men who lit flares and threw smoke bombs during Preston Athletic’s home match against Queen’s Park in ­October last year.

The match was temporarily abandoned during the ­second half of the Glasgow side’s 2-1 win at Pennypit Park, Prestonpans.

Bogie, 22, was among the unruly gang who were ejected from the ground following the trouble, but was later spotted brandishing a lit flare as he continued to watch the match from a nearby garden.

He escaped the clutches of police officers during the match but was detained two weeks later after being identified by officers.

Bogie, who admitted the charges, appeared for sentencing at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.