Redbridge FC striker denies assault, threatening behaviour and criminal damage after sending off at AFC Sudbury game

PUBLISHED: 18:26 05 September 2016

William Drake, 27, denied all charges at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo:PA

William Drake, 27, denied all charges at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo:PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Redbridge FC striker charged with threatening behaviour and assault while playing an away game at AFC Sudbury has denied all charges.

William Drake, of Hooper Road, Canning Town, was playing for Redbridge FC in a match at Sudbury’s Wardale Williams stadium on February 27.

Drake, 27, is alleged by police to have assaulted AFC Sudbury’s Thomas Crofton at the match as Drake was leaving the pitch following a red card on 48 minutes, following an elbow on Sudbury centre-back Ryan Henshaw.

In addition, he is charged by police with using threatening and abusive behaviour towards AFC Sudbury supporters, likely to cause them harassment, alarm or distress.

He appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court yesterday after being summonsed to court following a police investigation. He wore a navy t-shirt, jeans and trainers.

Drake pleaded not guilty to both charges, also denying a third charge of criminal damage to a fire extinguisher at the stadium.

A trial date has been set at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on November 2.

It is estimated to last for a whole day, with five witnesses for the prosecution and also a number for the defence.

Redbridge FC went on to lose the game 5-1 after being tied at 1-1 at the time of the sending off. AFC Sudbury later won the championship.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder