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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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62 arrested in pre-match violence in Warwickshire

62 people were arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match. Riot police were called to deal with violent disorder after problems at several pubs in Nuneaton in Warwickshire yesterday.

Officers from three forces and the British Transport Police had to be brought in shortly before 10.30am after reports of trouble.

The arrests were made before a non-league fixture between home side Nuneaton Town FC and Lincoln City FC.

Nuneaton Town chief executive Ian Neale said the trouble was nothing to do with the football club or its supporters

Lincoln City manager leaves the club

The Board of Directors at Lincoln City Football Club has today announced that manager David Holdsworth has left the Club by mutual consent.

The Board thanks David for his efforts during his tenure and we wish him every success for the future.

No further comment will be made by the Football Club or its officials at this time.

– Lincoln City club statement

David Holdsworth replaced Steve Tilson as Lincoln City manager in October 2011.

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