Rangers Union Bears ultra caught smuggling weapon into Ibrox before Celtic clash after reports of ‘armed man’

A RANGERS fan caught with a baton at Ibrox while setting up a pre-match display has been fined £900. Lewis Martin, 20, was snared with the weapon on Hogmanay 2022. Times Newspapers LtdHe was caught on CCTV taking the weapon from the boot of his car[/caption] Martin was among 40 members of ultra group The Union Bears who were allowed into the stadium to prepare a display for an Old Firm game two days later. Martin, of Glasgow’s Swinton, was seen on CCTV taking the baton from the boot of a car. The first offender pled guilty today to having an offensive weapon in a public place without a reasonable excuse or lawful authority. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard police received two reports from a member of the public about an armed man in the stadium’s car park. Officers were informed that a group of men had entered the stadium. Prosecutor Lauren Carr stated that police found 40 members of the ultra group in the Broomloan Stand. It was established that they had been let in by a member of the security staff to set up a display. Miss Carr said: “A CCTV check established that a man identified as Martin dressed in all black could be seen in possession of a wooden baton with a red handle.” A further CCTV check noted that Martin took the weapon from the boot of a car. Officers attended his home and he was arrested. The Crown did not seek a football banning order as it was two days before the match and Martin’s lack of a criminal record. Douglas McAllister, defending, told the court that the qualified car spray painter’s season ticket was removed from him by the club following the incident. The lawyer said: “This was an isolated incident and he has no excuse whatsoever for being in possession of this baton in a public place.” Sheriff Gerard Considine told Martin that he was being fined due to his previous good character and as he has been out of trouble since the incident. He added: “Be in no doubt if you appear back in this court for similar reasons I will send you to custody.” We told in January how a stash  of “potentially dangerous” items was discovered inside Ibrox Stadium just hours before the Old Firm clash. Cops at the powderkeg fixture found the haul, including a baseball bat, in a bin. It came to light after members of the Union Bears were given early access to Rangers’ ground to place banners ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off. They were thrown out by police and club staff after a “cursory search” revealed the items. Superintendent Emma Croft said at the time: “Police engaged with a group of supporters given access to Ibrox in advance of the Rangers v Celtic fixture. During a cursory search, a number of potentially dangerous items were found secreted in the stadium.” We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200

Rangers Union Bears ultra caught smuggling weapon into Ibrox before Celtic clash after reports of ‘armed man’

A RANGERS fan caught with a baton at Ibrox while setting up a pre-match display has been fined £900.

Lewis Martin, 20, was snared with the weapon on Hogmanay 2022.

Times Newspapers Ltd
He was caught on CCTV taking the weapon from the boot of his car[/caption]

Martin was among 40 members of ultra group The Union Bears who were allowed into the stadium to prepare a display for an Old Firm game two days later.

Martin, of Glasgow’s Swinton, was seen on CCTV taking the baton from the boot of a car.

The first offender pled guilty today to having an offensive weapon in a public place without a reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard police received two reports from a member of the public about an armed man in the stadium’s car park.

Officers were informed that a group of men had entered the stadium.

Prosecutor Lauren Carr stated that police found 40 members of the ultra group in the Broomloan Stand.

It was established that they had been let in by a member of the security staff to set up a display.

Miss Carr said: “A CCTV check established that a man identified as Martin dressed in all black could be seen in possession of a wooden baton with a red handle.”

A further CCTV check noted that Martin took the weapon from the boot of a car.

Officers attended his home and he was arrested. The Crown did not seek a football banning order as it was two days before the match and Martin’s lack of a criminal record.

Douglas McAllister, defending, told the court that the qualified car spray painter’s season ticket was removed from him by the club following the incident.

The lawyer said: “This was an isolated incident and he has no excuse whatsoever for being in possession of this baton in a public place.”

Sheriff Gerard Considine told Martin that he was being fined due to his previous good character and as he has been out of trouble since the incident.

He added: “Be in no doubt if you appear back in this court for similar reasons I will send you to custody.”

We told in January how a stash  of “potentially dangerous” items was discovered inside Ibrox Stadium just hours before the Old Firm clash.

Cops at the powderkeg fixture found the haul, including a baseball bat, in a bin.

It came to light after members of the Union Bears were given early access to Rangers’ ground to place banners ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off.

They were thrown out by police and club staff after a “cursory search” revealed the items.

Superintendent Emma Croft said at the time: “Police engaged with a group of supporters given access to Ibrox in advance of the Rangers v Celtic fixture. During a cursory search, a number of potentially dangerous items were found secreted in the stadium.”

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