Almost 30 people have been arrested in Bristol this morning in dawn raids carried out by police. The arrests come after a Bristol City v Rovers match ended in a pitch invasion and violence earlier in the month.
Thirty-three football fans have now been charged with offences including criminal damage and assault in the wake of trouble at last month's derby match in Bristol.
Mounted police were called in after a pitch invasion at the first City versus Rovers clash in seven years. There was further disorder outside the ground. The charges follow arrests in raids on wednesday.
Almost 30 arrests have been made as part of an operation to clean up football by Avon and Somerset Police.
Twenty eight people were arrested following this morning's raids which came as a result of disorder during the Bristol City and Bristol Rovers Johnstone's Paint Trophy match on September 4.
Silver Commander Chief Inspector Paul Mogg said:
Today's operation was two-fold - to reassure members of the public and to take positive action against those intent on causing problems at football matches in Avon and Somerset.
Genuine football fans and members of the public do not want to face the kind of disorder that we experienced during the night in September. We have heard reports of children travelling with their parents in cars, physically shaking because of threats and the behaviour of some of the so-called fans attending the match.
We simply won't tolerate that behaviour in Avon and Somerset and hope that today's action sends out a strong reassurance message.
Nationally there has been a 27 per cent increase in football-related anti-social behaviour and violence. To those intent on causing disorder at games in Avon and Somerset our message is that there is no-where to hide and you will be arrested and put before the courts.
18 people have been arrested in Bristol this morning in dawn raids carried out by police. The arrests come after a Bristol City v Rovers match ended in a pitch invasion and violence earlier in the month.