87 released after football clashes

More than 80 people arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match have been released on bail. The arrests were in connection with an incident of "violent disorder" ahead of a fixture between home side Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City.

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Eyewitness: 'Met by sea of yellow as police were everywhere'

An eyewitness to the violent disorder that started in a Nuneaton pub yesterday has called the experience frightening.

Sandra Cooper witnessed the disorder which led to 87 people being arrested prior to a football match between home-side Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City.

Those arrested have been bailed as police study CCTV as they continue their investigation.

Police study CCTV footage after 'violent disorder' ahead of football match

Warwickshire Police are studying CCTV footage after 87 people were arrested in connection with 'violent disorder' in Nuneaton before a non-league football match yesterday.

The 'violent disorder' occurred at The Granby pub before a fixture between home-side Nuneaton and Lincoln City. Those who were arrested have since been released on bail.

Police say the disorder broke out in 'licensed premises' and those arrested were 'predominantly locals'.

The arrests began at 3.20pm and continued into the evening.

87 released as police investigate soccer match violence

More than 80 people arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match have been released on bail.

The arrests were in connection with an incident of "violent disorder" ahead of a fixture between home side Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City.

Everyone has now been bailed in connection with the incident. The senior investigating officer will now evaluate what action needs to be taken.

– INSPECTOR DARREN WEBSTER, WARWICKSHIRE POLICE

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Police tape outside pub where disturbance took place

87 people were arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match yesterday.

Police began arresting dozens of people on suspicion of violent disorder at The Granby pub in Nuneaton town centre ahead of Nuneaton's match against Lincoln City FC.

Police tape outside pub where disturbance took place Credit: ITV News Central
Police began arresting dozens of people on suspicion of violent disorder at The Granby pub in Nuneaton town centre Credit: ITV News Central

Police join forces in 'challenging day' of arrests

Police began arresting dozens of people on suspicion of violent disorder at The Granby pub in Nuneaton town centre Saturday afternoon.

Police officers responded to reports of disorder at a number of public houses in the town, and were deployed in full protective equipment for their own safety. PSUs (police support units) from three forces were all deployed and were successful in containing the disorder and protecting the safety and well-being of the general public.

– CHIEF INSPECTOR ADRIAN KNIGHT, WARWICKSHIRE POLICE

I am extremely grateful to our regional colleagues from West Mercia, West Midlands and British Transport Police for their support in this operation - it has been a particularly challenging day. It was important to take a positive approach from the start of the operation and as a result of that, a significant number of people have been arrested for serious offences and will now be processed.

– CHIEF INSPECTOR ADRIAN KNIGHT, WARWICKSHIRE POLICE

Nuneaton executive: Anyone found guilty of offences will be banned for life

Nuneaton Town Chief Executive Ian Neale says police went to The Granby pub to organise an escort to town for Nuneaton fans, but only three people said they were interested in going to the match:

The Boro is a family club and people who are looking for trouble are not welcome at our ground. Anyone found guilty of any offences today will be banned from the ground for life.The club works tremendously hard on community programmes to give young people locally aspiration and opportunities in a working class town and we see ourselves very much part of making positive things happen for the town.

– Nuneaton Town Chief Executive Ian Neale
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