Security fencing at a football ground stopped two sets of rival hooligans from fighting, a court in Lincoln has heard.

An 18-year-old has been banned from attending all Lincoln City football matches for the next two years after causing trouble at the club's Sincil Bank ground and other stadiums around the country, the Lincolnshire Echo reported.

It is part of Lincolnshire Police's attempt to crack down on a group of troublemaking fans through its Operation Argyll campaign.

During the hearing, Daniel Richardson, representing on behalf of the police, told Lincoln Magistrates' Court he saw the teenager, who suffers from autism, during a match between Lincoln and Grimsby Town Football Club.

He was quoted by the newspaper as saying: "Two rival groups of fans came together in the stadium.

"One of the teams had scored a goal and one of the fences that keeps fans apart failed. It was only another fence that kept the two sets of fans from coming together. If that had not been there, there would have been large-scale disorder," he said.

Recently, Strathspey Thistle Football Club was given permission to build security fencing around its Seafield Park home, boosting its chances of joining the Scottish Football Association.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800299085-ADNFCR