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Fans bailed after football violence

A group of football fans arrested after trouble broke out at a local derby match have been bailed.

The 23 people were all detained after problems before, during and after Saturday's League One game between Port Vale and Wolves.

A detailed investigation is under way into the offences committed and evidence will be put before the courts in relation to the criminal behaviour of those to decided to become involved.

– Staffordshire Police


Two-thirds of fans arrested were Port Vale supporters

Police say they believe around two-thirds of those arrested after trouble broke out at the Port Vale grounds following the team's 3-1 loss to Wolves were home supporters.

All 23 people arrested by Staffordshire Police have now been released on bail.

Police make 23 arrests after football match

Police have been pelted with bottles and missiles after trouble broke out between football fans following a highly-charged local derby game.

Officers arrested 23 people when Port Vale entertained rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in League One yesterday.

Staffordshire Police said it was "confronted by a significant group of home fans" involved in "violent disorder" who had gone out of their way to target police lines.

The force is now scouring CCTV from the day's fixture, which Wolves won 3 - 1, in a bid to trace everybody who had a hand in causing trouble.

Port Vale said it would fully back any police action against any of its fans involved.


Port Vale F.C announces new chairman

Port Vale new Chairman Norman Smurthwaite Credit: ITV News Central

Port Vale Football Club has today announced it's found a new chairman.

The former chief executive of the club, Norman Smurthwaite, has taken over as chairman and sole owner of the club, following the departure of Paul Wildes on Friday.

The Burslem-based club is expecting up to 400 fans at tonight's Football Supporters Club Meeting where Norman will take questions.

Port Vale's promotion pitch invasion

Port Vale fans invade the pitch following the npower Football League Two match at Vale Park, Stoke On Trent. Credit: PA

These were the scenes at Vale Park after Port Vale's two-all draw with Northampton secured the Valiants promotion to League One.

A Port Vale fan celebrates his sides promotion at the end of the game during the npower Football League Two match at Vale Park, Credit: PA
Fans invading the pitch after Saturday's 2 all draw at home to Northampton Credit: PA
A fan celebrates Port Vale's promotion to League One Credit: PA
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Man arrested after car drives into Port Vale fans

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident involving football fans on their way to a match.

Two Port Vale fans were taken to hospital after they were hit by a car as the waited in a taxi rank outside Rochdale train station.

Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite tweeted yesterday:

Police said: "Shortly after 2.45pm on Saturday 13 April 2013, a car that was travelling around the mini roundabout outside Rochdale Train Station collided with two men.

"A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been bailed until 14 July 2013 pending further inquiries."

An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: "Me and three mates got to Rochdale train station about 2.40pm on Saturday and ordered a taxi. While we were waiting a red car with three men inside sped into the rank and drove into the Port Vale fans.

"The car then sped off and the driver had a grin on his face."

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