Police release images of Bristol Rovers and Bristol City fans following football hooliganism
Police have released images today following Bristol City vs Bristol Rovers disturbances in Bristol on Wednesday, October 4.
They would like to speak to those featured in connection with the football-related anti-social behaviour and violence during the day of the Bristol City vs Bristol Rovers, Johnstone's Paint Trophy match.
The game last month was the first official game between the two city sides since 2007 and the event was marred by a small minority of troublemakers who tried to spoil the fixture.
Overall the build-up to the game was good natured with both sets of fans well-behaved and in good humour, eagerly anticipating the all-Bristol encounter.
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But as they began to enter the ground small pockets of anti-social behaviour broke out in the city and outside the ground. Police arrested troublemakers.
Three police officers were injured during the incidents and required medical treatment.
At the end of the game people went on to the pitch, forcing mounted officers to take action and assist stewards to disperse those on the playing area. Those on the pitch were removed quickly within a matter of minutes.
A number of offences were committed including: causing damage, assault, invading the pitch, racially aggravated offences and other violent disorder offences
A total of 21 arrests have been made so far. During the past month police have been working with officials at the two clubs, scrutinising CCTV coverage, photographs and images tweeted to us of those involved in the trouble before, during and after the game.
Efforts have been made to identify the culprits and speak to them. Police have released images of 24 people we would like to speak to in connection with incidents that night.
Police want those featured in the images on their website, or anyone who recognises anyone pictured, to contact the police, so they can continue their enquiries.
Detective Superintendent Mark Saunders said: "Nationally football-related anti-social behaviour and violence has increased by 27 per cent during the past 12 months. We operate a zero-tolerance of football related violence or anti-social behaviour in Avon and Somerset and will not hesitate in taking action to bring offenders to justice.
"Fans arrested as a result of football-related incidents, risk prosecution, a criminal record and even a possible jail sentence. Court convictions often lead to a football banning order, which will prevent people from following their favourite team for periods up to a maximum of 10 years. It also places restrictions on travelling abroad when England are playing overseas.
He added that both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers have indicated that they will consider levying a life-time ban on any of their supporters who are convicted of football-related anti-social behaviour or violence.
"The United Kingdom Football Policing Unit have been extremely supportive of our operation and have helped to fund it," said Det. Supt. Saunders.
Anyone featured in the images or anyone who recognises an individual should fill in the form on the force website. You will be contacted by officers involved in the investigation.
View the story on the website: http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/ViewStory.aspx?nsid=28054